Neurofeedback Training for Children with ADHD
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, struggle with controlling and focusing their attention. This neurodevelopmental disorder is believed to impact an estimated 11% of children at different levels. Behavioral and environmental changes can be effective in controlling some levels of ADHD and the symptoms, but other children may require more focused treatment. At Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta, we offer neurofeedback training for children with ADHD, which can be an alternative to medications.
The common drugs that are prescribed for children with ADHD are stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. While these drugs can be effective for some of the symptoms of ADHD, they also come with other side effects. Sleep disorders, stunted growth, difficulty retaining weight and abnormal heart rhythms have been associated with taking stimulants for ADHD. Another course of treatment to consider is neurofeedback training, which does not require medication or have negative health impacts.
What Is Neurofeedback (NFT)?
With neurofeedback training for children with ADHD, or NFT, the brain waves of the children are monitored to determine changes when focusing on certain tasks. This is also referred to as electroencephalogram (EEG) biofeedback. Sensors are attached to the child’s head to monitor brain activity. While most people’s brains speed up when they concentrate, the opposite occurs in children with ADHD. By monitoring how their brain waves react when they try to focus on an activity, we can help determine patterns that can help the child adjust and control how they can activate concentration. With training, children may be able to recognize and use techniques to control their brain activity, even without using the sensors.
If you have a child with ADHD and want to explore other options beyond stimulant medications, contact us at Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta. We offer neurofeedback training, or NFT therapy, for children with ADHD at our clinic in Alpharetta.