Phase 2 Child Neurofeedback Study 2017-2018
Why this campaign? Why now?
1. Research takes time and money for a dedicated space, appropriate equipment, a team of experts in child development and neurofeedback to administer treatment, collect, study, and analyze data to be published in a major peer reviewed scientific journal with a wide distribution.
2. The problem: abuse and neglect lead to feeling out of control and being out of synch.
Early trauma and abandonment changes the brain, making it difficult for kids to control their tempers, pay attention to their schoolwork & get along with peers, teachers, and caretakers.
Talking alone rarely helps – so these kids are frequently given medications that may make them more tractable, but that do not address the underlying problems.
Drugs do not repair their dysfunctional nervous systems or improve motivation, attention, capacity to play, increase interest in other people, and garner self respect. Medications, in fact, often interfere with the ability to feel joy, pleasure and engagement. That is why it is critical to find ways to help these kids regulate their central nervous systems.
3. The 2015 Campaign made it possible to complete the first neurofeedback study ever for children with early histories of severe trauma and neglect.
While the results were very promising, we did not learn how many sessions children need to effect lasting changes, nor what the optimal specific approach is for each child.
4. In the new study:
We need to determine what the optimal approach is for each individual child. We will do that by testing their brain wave functions with quantitative EEGs, and formulating specific approaches for each child, depending on their particular brain wave configurations.
How many sessions, and what particular protocols will support lasting positive changes in self-awareness, mood, behavior, and social and learning abilities.
5. Future studies need to determine:
Whether parents and other caregivers benefit from neurofeedback
to help them stay calm and thoughtful when dealing with these challenging children?
To what degree neurofeedback is able to reverse the brain abnormalities that we can detect in children with histories of
abuse and neglect.