Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Neurofeedback-Part One

The results of the qEEG were exactly what we suspected. Perrin has clinical ADHD which showed on the tests as a large red "hot" spot in his frontal lobe. There was also activity in the left brain, which is where speech/language is located, and in the area that controls movement (his tics and hyperactivity). Based on these results, Ann knew exactly where to place the electrodes during his sessions to target those specific areas with the main objective being to improve attention, focus, impulse control, speech, and even reading comprehension.
Perrin has had 6 neurofeedback sessions now. It is going really well so far, and he actually enjoys going. When he comes in, he's hooked up to a few electrodes, they pop in Scooby Doo, and he watches for 20 minutes. At first I thought he'd become frustrated when the screen faded out, but he's been really cool about it. Sheena, the administrator, explained to him that when his brain is running at the proper speed, he'll see the movie, and when his brain slows down or speeds up a little, it fades. She did a very good job explaining what to expect and how it works to him in a way that he understood. He asked her that first day if it was going to take away his tics, and she was very honest in saying that it might, but that what they were going to help with was his focus, but that it also may help with his tics a little bit. Our hope is that it will help enough with the attention and impulsivity that we can either lower his dosage of stimulants or take him off entirely, which in turn will decrease his tics.
We were told that we'd likely not see any significant changes until around the 15-20th sessions, so we're just biding our time until then. In the meantime, he's enjoying watching his videos and letting his brain do its thing.


  1. Hi,i just happened to look at your blog quick about Tucker. My 12 year old son has tourettes, Adhd, Ocd also. he was diagnosed by observational testing when he was in kindergarten. I always wondered maybe why they never thought it was neccessarily why they did not do any other testing like you mentioned EEG or maybe brain MRI, how were you able to get a doctor to do further tests?? thanks, Lauriel.com@gmail.com

  2. Hi Laurie. I take my son to a neuropsychiatrist, and he recommended that we try neurofeedback for my son. It really isn't necessary to get an EEG or MRI to get a diagnosis of TS, and those tests basically just show the area of the brain that is affected. I'm not even certain it would highlight during the tests unless a person was actively ticcing at the time. I will say that we did not end up having any success with the neurofeedback once the sessions ended, and my son ended up back on his ADHD meds soon after.