Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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.
Posted by Tucker