This blog is my place to vent and share resources with other parents of children of trauma. I try to be open and honest about my feelings in order to help others know they are not alone. Therapeutic parenting of adopted teenagers with RAD and other severe mental illnesses and issues (plus "neurotypical" teens) , is not easy, and there are time when I say what I feel... at the moment. We're all human!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Books and Methods Review - Methods - Biofeedback/ Neurofeedback

Biofeedback/ Neurofeedback

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  Neurofeedback (NFB), also called neurotherapy, neurobiofeedback or EEG biofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses realtime displays of electroencephalography to illustrate brain activity, often with a goal of controlling central nervous system activity. Sensors are placed on the scalp to measure activity, with measurements displayed using video displays or sound.

Marythemom: This is a good tool for the toolbox, and helps the person learn to calm the brain and can help a person de-stress.  Our therapist uses a program that monitors the heart/breathing rate (a little clip on the child’s ear) and allows the child to use games and pictures to learn to control her breathing and heart rate.

It can really help my child focus and change things up, but my child has trouble self- initiating, and she definitely can't access it if she's too close to a meltdown. Sometimes if I see she's getting upset and heading for a meltdown, I can get her to stop and do this or Brain Gym (not always though, she's usually pretty defiant even in the early stages of getting upset) or other Calming/ Relaxation Techniques.

To find a practitioner, you can try - This is a listing of therapists (and psychologists and psychiatrists) that is searchable by things like gender of the practitioner, insurance accepted, types of services they provide, specialties, age groups, and location.

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