A response to Christian Jarrett Ph.D Psychology Today Article
Read the article and the comments in the much criticized Psychology Today article by Christian Jarrett Ph.D : “Read this before paying $100s for neurofeedback therapy“
Posted by Natalie Baker, Advanced Neurofeedback Trainer and founder of Neurofeedback NY:
“Thanks for providing the opportunity for this discussion.
Here’s a study showing effectiveness on ADHD from neurofeedback on the AAP’s website from February, 2014: go to American Pediatric website and search “Computer Feedback can help students with ADHD” to read it. (see also below)
It’s important to acknowledge that this is a relatively new technology and it takes time to attract the attention of research dollars, then the time to conduct and publish sound research. So there is nothing inherently sketchy about the fact that there isn’t enough research yet. It’s really too soon to expect to see a lot of solid research.
Second, it’s important to know that neurofeedback, especially NeurOptimal’s system, is a safe technology and that, in my opinion as a parent, it is a reasonable risk if you can afford the time and money to try it. And can we really say that it’s more ethical to put our children on speed than try brain training?
I also know as a professional in the field, that other factors may be contributing to ADHD symptoms such as food allergies, high levels of copper, and if the neurofeedback doesn’t resolve the symptoms, the next step is to test for metals and food allergies.
In short, I think there’s a lot of benefit to be gained and most neurofeedback trainers I’ve met are first and foremost motivated to help others.
– Natalie Baker, Founder of Neurofeedback NY and Advanced NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer
Neurofeedback, a type of training using a computer program for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can contribute to lasting improvements for these children, according to a study in the March 2014 issue of Pediatrics, “In-School NeurofeedbackTraining for ADHD: Sustained Improvement From a Randomized Control Trial,” published online Feb. 17.
Neurofeedback consists of giving immediate feedback (both heard and seen) to individuals regarding their attention as they practice focusing. Neurofeedback trains users to monitor and change their brainwave patterns in ways that can improve their attention and executive functioning (a set of skills related to learning and academic achievement). The researchers looked at 102 children and compared their attention and executive functioning after two types of computer training: neurofeedback and cognitive training. These students were compared to students who had no computer training for the study. Compared to no computer training, the children using both types of training had better results in certain areas of attention and learning six months later.
The group using neurofeedback showed significant improvements, in more areas and to a greater degree than those who received cognitive training. This is the first large randomized controlled trial to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of in-school computer training for ADHD, and the authors identify future research steps to advance this type of brain development. – See more here