Neurofeedback training is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.
I have the privilege of working with children of all ages – from early childhood through adolescence. The type of neurofeedback system I use (Iasis MCN) is even safe for babies. Unlike other types of neurofeedback, the child is not required to do anything (e.g. direct a video game for a reward) except sit relatively still in order for me to work. If they are nervous or scared they can play a game with Mom or Dad while I do neurofeedback. The treatment will still be as effective.
I have helped children with a variety of conditions, including developmental trauma, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, self harm and substance abuse. Working with young people is very exciting because neurotherapy often proves beneficial more rapidly than adults, because their young brains are at their most adaptable and open to learning.
The most supported research on neurofeedback treatment with children has been done in with epilepsy and ADD/ADHD. There are many studies showing the efficacy of abating these conditions. Other conditions which have significant research supporting the efficacy of neurofeedback use with children include: depression, developmental trauma, autism, learning disorders including dyslexia, OCD and Tourette’s syndrome.
Developmental trauma is characterized by a history of maltreatment during the developing childhood years. It is one of the most difficult conditions to treat but neurofeedback is showing to be tremendously successful. Many children who were adopted experienced developmental trauma before being placed with their forever families. I work with many adopted children and adults who experienced early life trauma, the manifestations of which get in the way of the ability to function well. For anyone interested in learning a lot more about this topic, I highly recommend Sebern Fisher’s book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma.
I’m very proud of this endorsement from my colleague Jeanette Yoffe, MFT, Psychotherapist & Foster Care and Adoption Expert:
“Neurofeedback may be the most effective treatment available for children and adults who have experienced early attachment separation/loss, maltreatment, and/or traumatic incidents. It helps to rewire stubborn early life templates in the mind that continue to re-enact memories as if they were happening today. Neurofeedback wires a new template of safety, belonging and connection in the world. This is life-changing for many individuals, doing what other therapies would take years to do, and Susan Smiley is a masterful practitioner.”