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Neurofeedback Training for
Anxiety

Neurofeedack training to help children manage feelings of anxiety

Neurofeedback training is an incredibly calming technique that can bring immense benefits to anyone seeking relief from anxiety and striving for overall well-being. It is a safe, natural, and non-invasive approach, making it suitable for both children and teenagers. Best of all, it offers a drug-free solution to combat anxiety and its effects.

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Children who have anxiety tend to have an excessive amount of brain activity. They often find themselves caught up in constant overthinking or repetitive thoughts, which creates a continuous loop in their brain waves (hyper coherence).

 

Neurofeedback is a technique that can decrease these overactive brain waves, ultimately helping to retrain the brain and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

Neurofeedback  in improving functional capacity of Children with Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health challenges faced by children today. It is estimated that around 1 in 8 children experience an anxiety disorder, which can have a significant impact on their overall well-being and development. While there are several treatment options available, one emerging training technique called neurofeedback is gaining attention for its potential effectiveness in improving functional capacity of children with anxiety.

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, is a non-invasive technique that aims to regulate brainwave patterns by providing real-time feedback. The process involves attaching sensors to a child's scalp to measure their brain activity, which is then translated into visual or auditory feedback in real-time. Through this process, children can learn to recognize and modify their brainwave patterns, leading to improved self-regulation and reduced anxiety symptoms.

One of the key benefits of neurofeedback is its ability to target specific brain regions and functions related to anxiety. Research has shown that children with anxiety disorders often exhibit abnormal brainwave patterns, such as increased activity in the frontal lobe and decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex. Neurofeedback helps train the brain to regulate these patterns, leading to a more balanced and adaptive response to stressors.

Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of neurofeedback as an intevention option for anxiety in children. A systematic review conducted by Fovet et al. (2017) found that neurofeedback had moderate to large effect sizes in reducing anxiety symptoms in children. Another study by Moore et al. (2019) showed significant improvements in anxiety and overall functioning in children with generalized anxiety disorder after a course of neurofeedback training.

Moreover, neurofeedback has also been found to have longer-lasting effects than medication alone. A study by Zuberer et al. (2020) compared the effects of neurofeedback training and medication in children with anxiety disorders and found that neurofeedback produced sustained improvements in anxiety symptoms even after the training ended, while medication effects wore off after cessation.

Neurofeedback is also considered a safe and well-tolerated intervention for children should be considered as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include therapeutic interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or medication if necessary.

In conclusion, neurofeedback offers an innovative and potentially effective approach for managing anxiety in children. By targeting specific brainwave patterns and providing real-time feedback, children can learn to self-regulate their brain activity and reduce anxiety symptoms. As qualified professionals, Neurofeedback For Kids can tailor the service to individual needs and utilise it as part of a comprehensive training plan. .

How does Neurofeedback training work?

Neurofeedback is an innovative training approach that helps your brain retrain itself to support healthier brainwave activity.

Sit back and relax

Our neurofeedback practitioners begin by ensuring your comfort and position electrodes on your scalp to capture an instant measurement of your brainwave activity.

Let your brain do the work

The Neurofeedback technology communicates with your brain directly, while you watch a movie, play a game, read a book, or listen to music.

Feel your brain change

As your brainwave activity shifts towards a healthier state, your brain receives positive feedback. Through regular sessions, these improvements become ingrained in your brain, leading to long-lasting changes.

What does Neurofeedback training look like?

1 - 2 sessions per week

45-60 minute sessions

20 - 30 sessions*

* The number of sessions required may differ based on the individual's condition. Individuals with more complex conditions might require additional sessions to achieve the best possible results.

How can Neurofeedback help my child?

With regular training, neurofeedback can help decrease the duration, frequency, and intensity of behavioral challenges. Our focus is on training the brain to be more resilient and flexible. As a result, many of our clients experience a greater sense of calmness, presence, and focus. 

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