Unlock Your Child’s Potential
At the Carlton NeuroFeedback Center, we see many young patients eager to improve their attention and focus to help them with school. Children and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity (ADD or ADHD) are often highly intelligent, yet struggle with distraction, managing emotions, and impulsivity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 6 million children have ADHD. We have had numerous patients give first person accounts about how neurofeedback training helped their child and school performance for the better. We have also had success treating adults for attention-related issues as well.
One Parent’s Story
Our patients have been telling us that neurofeedback therapy has made a noticeable difference for their children, at school and at home.
Shaun, parent of a child with ADHD, shares, “I’ve been bringing my son into see Dr. Carlton for NeuroFeedback treatments now for about six weeks. He has ADHD and is taking a stimulant prescribed by his primary doctor and I was searching for reasonable alternatives to daily medication. During this time he has been receiving treatments twice a week consistently. Today I’m happy to say that I’ve noticed positive changes in his behavior and academics. His handwriting and study habits have improved significantly and he’s gone up several points in math and reading. We were referred to Dr. Carlton through a friend and I’m so happy that we gave this a try. In addition, the staff is top notch! On our second visit they knew our names and treated us special and not like a number. Completely different experience than any other clinic that I’ve ever visited.”
Questions & Answers About ADD/ADHD
What is ADD/ADHD?
It’s important to understand a bit of the basics for how ADD and ADHD work. Each of these conditions involves a dysfunction in how individuals process the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline. These neurotransmitters are involved in signaling pathways within our brain that deal with motivation and reward. For patients with ADD and ADHD, the transport process for dopamine and noradrenaline in the brain is flawed. In other words, when your brain produces molecules of dopamine and noradrenaline, the chemicals are less effective than they are with individuals who do not have ADD or ADHD.
What do drugs do for this?
Most of the drugs that treat ADD and ADHD are “stimulants” – part of their function is to help increase levels of dopamine and noradrenaline in areas of the brain that help drive focus and attention.
There are a number of medications on the market with varying degrees of efficacy, but these come with a long list of potential side effects. They also must be taken daily for extended periods of time. In other words, their benefits must be carefully weighed against their risks.
How does neurofeedback address ADD/ADHD symptoms?
Neurofeedback training goes to the source – the brain itself. The training helps the brain learn to become more balanced. Those with a diagnosis of ADHD and ADD often have too many Theta brain waves – that is, brain waves that indicate the brain is in deep relaxation rather than active and alert. By improving brain function, we can reduce or, in some cases, remove the need for stimulants entirely. Better brain function means better focus, concentration, memory, and mood. All without having to take a single pill!
How does neurofeedback work?
Imagine going to a teacher for piano lessons. Over time, with repetition and practice, you can learn how to play. The feedback portion of our training acts like the teacher, only it is teaching better, more efficient ways of thinking. One study published in Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, reported that neurofeedback, when used for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) “can contribute to lasting improvements.” See links to more clinical research and read our eBook for more in-depth information.
We Can Help
If you’re ready to explore how neurofeedback training can help you or a loved one, contact us to set up a complimentary evaluation with no obligation or strings attached. See answers to frequently asked questions and learn more benefits of neurofeedback training on ADHD and ADD.