What is QEEG? It is Quantitative Electroencephalogram
The Q in QEEG means the EEG data is quantified, comparing brain wave patterns (EEG) to norms in the same age group. The data is collected by utilizing 19 scalp sensors to measure the brainwave activity. This analysis is reviewed by a neurologist as well to identify/rule out any seizure activity and identify abnormal EEG patterns. This is the only test that gives you a “look” into the brain to help get the concrete answers you are looking for. Some individuals have under active while others have overactive brainwave patterns at varying locations in the brain. Furthermore many may have a combination of under active and overactive brainwave patterns at different locations in the brain. For this reason, certain medications may not be the right choice. While medication may help with one area of the brain, it may over stimulate another area of the brain causing agitation or anxiety. Utilizing QEEG guided Neurofeedback, an individual treatment plan can be created to pinpoint the specific areas that need to be calmed down or stimulated while being sure not to aggravate other areas of the brain.
Utilizing a QEEG brain map is also the most accurate way to a diagnosis. It has been approved by the FDA. Many symptoms may mimic ADD/ADHD, Aspergers and Autism and we don’t want to “guess” based on the symptoms. The QEEG will show us the individual patterns in the brain that can be trained using neurofeedback. This comprehensive test will pin point which areas in the brain can be normalized without aggravating other areas of the brain, unlike medication which not only can effect the entire brain, but also often results in bodily side effects.
The QEEG Map (below) is a 19 channel EEG which looks for abnormal brain wave patterns (i.e. slow waves) over the part of the brain called the cerebral cortex (frontal, central, parietal, temporal & occipital). The slow wave brain activity is the most common that distinguishes the ADD & LD child from children who do not have these conditions. These highly sensitive measurements are taken under several testing conditions such as while the eyes are closed, eyes open & academic tasks. Once the data is collected during testing it is sent to a Neurologist who reviews the EEG findings for additional neurological problems (i.e. seizures) and suggests cortical areas for treatment focus.
The QEEG Map (below) is a 19 channel EEG which looks for abnormal brain wave patterns (i.e. slow waves) over the part of the brain called the cerebral cortex (frontal, central, parietal, temporal & occipital). The slow wave brain activity is the tell-tale marker that distinguishes the ADD & LD child from children who do not have this condition. (The slow wave activity is also why stimulant medications are used.) These highly sensitive measurements are taken under several testing conditions such as while the eyes are closed, eyes open & reading tasks. These measurements produce the map above. Once the data is collected during testing it is sent to a Neurologist who reviews the EEG findings for additional neurological problems and suggests cortical areas for treatment focus.
QEEG MAP OF ADOLESCENT WITH ADHD & ANXIETY
The QEEG Map’s normative data for ADHD were developed by Dr. Linden and others in several multi-site studies (Neurology 1999 & 2001) as well as recently approved by the FDA (FDA Press Announcement). Dr. Linden combines the neurological report with several other tests that results in the discriminate ability to distinguish 5 subtypes of ADD, 5 subtypes of Autism/Asperger’s, the presence of anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, neurological deficits and learning disabilities. This state of the art method is a significant advance over how we did this in the past. The Attention Learning Center has always led this field in the latest innovations in treatment technology, and we will continue to make available only what we believe is credible and best for our patients.
Dr. Linden has identified 6 subtypes of Autism. They are:
Over Focused/Over Aroused Pattern (High Beta)
- Abnormal EEG/Seizure Pattern
- High Delta/Theta
- Low Voltage/Metabolic
There are two EEG patterns with the Asperger’s patient. Both of these patterns are on the right side of the brain and show a disconnection in the areas of the brain associated with recognizing facial gestures, emotions and expressing feeling. These EEG patterns may be the first biological markers available to diagnose Autism and Asperger’s.
Why is the QEEG necessary?
Many individuals with ADD/ADHD have symptoms relating to many variables. It’s important to help determine what is contributing to the symptoms. Depression, anxiety, low motivation, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, Aspergers and Autism symptoms can mimic ADD and that is why it’s important to really understand what is happening in the brain. Now we can look at the brain function instead of just looking at the symptoms.
QEEG testing not only helps get the most accurate diagnosis, it is the starting point of the neurofeedback treatment protocol as well.
The Testing Experience:
QEEG brain mapping is a non-invasive test utilizing 19 scalp electrodes or sensors placed on the scalp. It is not painful and our skilled and compassionate technicians will ensure you or your child is comfortable and able to complete this testing process. This test will take about an hour including hook-up and can be done right here in our San Juan Office.
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The Attention Learning Center offers an accelerated summer treatment program for children with ADD, ADHD, LD, Autism and Asperger’s. The purpose of this summer program is to complete NeuroFeedback Training before the beginning of the Fall school semester.
Training sessions can be scheduled four to six times a week with available times from 8AM to 6PM. Appointment times are on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be booked in advance.
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