Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback Therapy

Young boy participates in Neurofeedback therapy
Neurotherapies are any of the therapies that promote more healthy working of the Brain. As everyone knows, the brain is the basis of how we perceive and what we do in the world. The working principle for neurotherapies is that, by changing the efficiency of how the brain operates, perception and behavioral choices also become more efficient and effective.
The neurotherapeutic techniques employed by Mind and Motion cover a wide range of applications from non-invasive Neurofeedback to sound, light and electrical Stimulation, to be selected depending on each individual’s goals as well as their present state of real-world and of brain functioning. What all these techniques have in common is that they fit into a Learning model, in which “practice makes perfect” and brain skills are “learned for good”, both hallmarks of a therapy that provides durable results. So though these techniques will most often not cause immediate changes in the brain or the behavior, over time, through repetition, profound changes are earned and retained. To this end, the neurotherapies we offer are delivered within a regular meeting schedule that has a beginning, a middle and an end, predicted at the outset of the therapy and review at the milestones along that schedule. As a form of treatment, this is one of the most evidenced based we offer- in that precise data is shared with our patients about their degree of progress over the prescribed course.

Training can be done in our offices OR, for qualifying patients, at your home. Training of the brain can and should be done in conjunction with behavioral skills training, such as OT, PT and/or ST. Neurotherapies serve as a catalyst for these other therapies because the patient is working on changes both inside and outside of their own body.

Neurotherapies have been used effectively in both research and clinical settings to improve the functioning of persons with attention deficits, autistic spectrum disorders, emotional dysregulation, sensory processing disorders among other applications. This wide range of applicability can be understood by the recognition that the Brain is the Central nervous system, and as such, when a change is made to the Central system, changes can be noted and measured in all the systems it controls.

The procedures themselves use sophisticated equipment to train a very simple paradigm, which is: practice a specific skill multiple times in front of a mirror until that skill is almost “second nature” and new skills can be built upon that basis. Due to the simplicity of these methods, and to the power of cloud computing these days, we are equipped and experienced with home-based, distance-supervised delivery of this type of therapy to families who need to save driving time and other expenses, yet who want to make their brains as efficient as possible, to overcome developmental hurdles on their roads to independence.

Neurotherapy & Neurofeedback

What to Expected from us

Step 1: Receiving Recommendation, Scheduling a Baseline Evaluation Appointment

In order to begin the service, we will verify eligibility by checking the diagnosis for the potential patient. Once that is complete, we will provide the Neurotherapy Service Agreement for patient/parent/guardian review. This provides billing information for the potential patient as Neurofeedback is a cash only service. Upon receiving payment for the Baseline measures, we are able to schedule the session and the Baseline Measures checkup. The session is typically an hour and a half. During the session we are able to complete baseline qEEG, an attention measure (IVA) and other measures tailored to the concerns of the patient.

Step 2: Baseline Evaluation completed, and Baseline Checkup.

Once the appointment has been completed, the technician then collects all data and scores all materials. The Front Desk team will schedule the Consultation with the doctor to discuss results. During this review session the provider will go over results, and if appropriate will recommend a neurotherapy program: Home based or Clinic based. If the patient qualifies for services, a treatment protocol will also be created for the selected program. Payment/Payment Plan is due before starting either program.

Clinic Based Program

The initial treatment batch Includes: 40 half-hour sessions, 4 progress assessments, 2 qEEG, and 2 consults. For pricing information, please view the Neurotherapy Patient Service Agreement. The clinical recommendation for session frequency is two 30- minute sessions a week. We will schedule reoccurring sessions and edit times as checkups/consults are needed. It is recommended to minimize cancellations as the frequency of treatment can affect results. Benefits to the clinic-based program are as follows:

  • Ability to treat more areas of the brain at once.
  • Ability to join treatment with other services at Mind and Motion (OT, PT, SLP, MH therapy)
  • Weekly updates from a technician about progress.

Home Based Program

The program is based on a month to month protocol that begins with the orientation for your new device. The equipment/device rental fee, and the 30 day progress check will be billed at this time. For pricing information, please view the Neurotherapy Patient Service Agreement. The orientation is with one of the technicians for about 30 minutes to completely understand how to use the device for therapy and your protocol. The progress check includes IVA (or other performance check, qEEG (Brain Map), and a half hour consult. Benefits to the Home- based program are as follows:

  • Ability to complete treatment in comfort of home, minimize visits to clinic
  • Ability to increase frequency of treatment, this could lead to quicker results.
  • Ability to focus on one area of brain at once, specialized treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who it can help?
This is a therapy with broad application. Working just as well with children of 3-4 years of age as it does with adults of more advanced age. In children, those who have most consistently benefitted and shown lasting improvement are children with attention deficits, sensory processing disorders, autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities. Adults often get referred and train with us for symptoms of anxiety or depression as well as to build resistence to cognitive decline.
How it works?
As with any other therapy at Mind and Motion, the benefits are earned over a consistent schedule of therapy sessions that occur 2 times weekly for a period of a few months. In each session, the patient will wear a sensor or sensors that pick up the miniscule signal coming from the body and amplify that signal to appear on a display that makes the person’s own body visible and audible, like never before. With this new stream of information, patients practice effecting changes to their inner workings so as to get the rewarding feedback when they cause a change on the display. With regular practice, these changes become the norm, or at least easily enacted when desired. As such, this therapy works like training any other skill with a mirror, or a net, or lines on the field. Once the inner adjustments have been made, through practice, they are going to become a new basis for “natural response” to life’s demands, and will generate a more consistent and desirable outcome.
How long does it last?

When a person sits down to train the brain, a common therapy session is about 30 minutes duration.  This needs to be repeated two or three times weekly to make the proper impression on the nervous system over a course of regular training sessions during usually two to six months of therapy.  Once the nervous system is “in a groove”, life will reinforce it and the person will grow the brain response skill continuously for well after the end of the therapy.

What you need?
Any form of neurotherapy is going to use some sort of computerized technology. When in-clinic, we provide all the materials for the therapy, using the highest quality clinical equipment. For in-clinic training, all you will need is to make the time to visit our Suwanee clinic two times a week. When doing neurotherapy in our home-training model, we still provide you with the sensor, while most often, it will be your own internet connected computer or tablet to run the therapy sessions.
How much does it cost?
Both in-clinic and at-home training models are cash based services. As such, we’ve adopted some ways to facilitate the payment and the planning. In both options, you will pay at the beginning of the month for the planned use of the service. That may mean pre-paying for two visits per week to the clinic for therapy and the ongoing testing, or in the home-training model, for as many sessions as you are prescribed per week as well as the ongoing testing. Though cases differ, a general monthly expense can be estimated at around $600 per month. Again, the training period is between 2 and 6 months generally, allowing patients to calculate project their overall expense, even though it’s often paid in monthly instalments.
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