By Renee Chillcott, LMHC
Trying to figure out why your child is not successful in the classroom can be a frustrating and exhausting endeavor for parents to undertake.
- Is it Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
- Is it an Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?
- Is it a Central Processing Disorder?
- Or is it an Auditory/Visual Processing Disorder?
- Could it be a Sensory Processing Disorder?
- Or does my child have a low IQ?
- Are they on the Autism Spectrum?
- Or are they lazy or oppositional and a behavioral problem?
The truth of the matter is, if your child is struggling in school, they may have one, several, all, or none of these. In most cases, children of all ages want to learn. We are programed as human beings to value education. It’s only when what we want is inconsistent or incongruent with how we perform that an issue will arise. For example, if a child is 5 years old and hasn’t developed language, we say that there is a developmental delay and investigate the causes. The same holds true for a child that is struggling to learn. Instead of constantly demanding that the child change their behavior so that they can learn, instead it is more important to look for the reasons why they can’t. Detecting the inconsistency is the key to helping them succeed.
HOW DO I KNOW? AND WHAT DO I DO TO FIX IT?
There are different ways that you can determine what is happening with your child to prevent school success. They can be evaluated by teachers; evaluated by school staff; sent for specialized testing; evaluated by a physician; or by a therapist. You may also be able to use Google, search the internet, and read books that will point you to a reason or cause. However, the best, most effective, way of know what is going on inside your child’s brain is to look at it. With NEUROFEEDBACK and a QEEG (Quantitative EEG or Brain Map), it becomes possible to see the neural patterns in the brain that help us learn, focus, concentrate, and even follow directions. Once we identify the patterns that are not working properly NEUROFEEDBACK TRAINING (Brain Biofeedback Training), and/or PACE and iLS Training teach the brain to correct these patterns.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO SEE CHANGE?
Symptom relief with Brain Training can vary from person to person; some common improvements we see in people with learning issues are:
- Increased Focus time
- Less Homework Struggle
- Increased amount of completed assignments
- Improved working memory
- Calmer and less fidgeting
- Improved grades
- More compliance
- Better motivation
WHAT IS PACE / ILS?
PACE and iLS are learning systems that were developed to “exercise” the learning pathways in the brain. A cognitive Skills Assessment allows us to identify areas of learning that need improvement. A customized plan is then developed with one on one training to implement intense mental and physical movement exercises that stimulate the brain to make lasting changes in how it performs. The program targets the following areas:
- Auditory Processing
- Processing Speed
- Visual Processing
WHAT IS A QEEG (Quantitative EEG) OR BRAIN MAP?
The QEEG is a quantitative EEG. It’s also called a brain map and does just that…it gives us a map of what is going on with the entire brain at one time. We attach electrodes to the entire head, 19 spots, and then record the brain waves with eyes open for 5 minutes and with eyes closed for 10 minutes. This recording is then read and analyzed. We provide a summary of significant findings as well as a full report that shows the results of analyzing the data several different ways. The brain activity is not only compared by individual locations over the entire head, but we can also look at connections, symmetry, how different parts are communicating and all of this data is compared to a database of peers (same sex, handedness and age). It can help us see what areas need to be addressed more efficiently than just training spot by spot. We don’t always need this data to make improvements in symptoms but we do recommend it in certain situations. A QEEG can also be helpful information when diagnosing and/or trying to decide the best medication/supplement recommendations.