Quantitative EEG (QEEG)
Each brain is unique in the way it processes information. The way this information is processed accounts for the differences that make us individuals. We have different beliefs and behaviors. Understanding why one person’s behavior is considered “normal” and another’s is “abnormal” is part of the study of the brain. Scientists can now identify the location of brain waves responsible for various behaviors. A QEEG is a collection of brain wave data that is then processed through a computer program that compares it to a normative data base. To collect a QEEG, a cap is placed on the head, and information is gathered simultaneously from 19 sites. While some find this process a little annoying, it is not painful. The information collected is carefully processed to remove any artifacts. Once it is processed through the software, the brain map is produced. After reviewing the raw data, the brain map and a person’s symptoms, the neurofeedback protocols are then established. These protocols guide which brain waves are reinforced.
The sessions typically last an average of 30-45 minutes. During the session, sensors are attached to specific areas of the head depending on your unique needs, and you will play a game or watch a movie. The sensors are collecting data that is then processed through an amplifier and specialized computer software. The neurotherapist adjusts the settings to provide rewards when the optimal brainwave patterns are occurring. By receiving this real-time feedback in each session, the brain is trained to reach an optimal state. This process involves no discomfort and is entirely non-invasive. Clients typically feel nothing during the session, or they may report a sense of calm well-being. Results from brain training can be noticed during sessions or in the days following a session. Just as exercise can grow your muscles, or increase your endurance, neurofeedback training can train your brain to optimize how you think, feel and live.
Referenced EEG (rEEG)
“ Referenced EEG is a patented technology that utilizes an EEG in conjunction with a normative database and a proprietary clinical (symptomatic) database to identify abnormal patient physiology. Appropriate medications are then statistically selected specifically to normalize discovered abnormalities. This process has been correlated to treatment outcome in a database of over 1,600 patients and 13,000 medication trials. The results of analysis for each patient are produced in a two-page report provided to the physician from the CNS reference laboratory. Treatment directed by rEEG has led to positive outcomes in over 75% of 3000+ patients who have previously failed to respond to traditional treatment efforts as indicated in retrospective and prospective trial as well as in pilot clinical programs.”- CNS response.
At Evergreen Neurotherapy, we can collect the EEG and send the data to be processed. The information will then be provided to your physician to assist with medication selection. Sometimes the right answer may be no medication at all.
Educational Testing: Is there more to the Story?
In addition to completing a battery of psychological testing, we frequently will have students complete the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 (WRAT 4). This test measures an individual’s ability to read words, comprehend sentences, spell and compute solutions to math problems.
We are not attempting to diagnose learning disabilities, but rather identify those who could use further specialized testing. We have identified several students who were then actually diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia and/or dyscalculia. These learning disabilities can lead to attention problems, low self-esteem as well as anxiety disorders around school. Think about it, would you rather fail, or just block out the teacher to avoid frustration and/or failure. These students are frequently misdiagnosed with ADHD.
The same is true for the highly gifted child, or the doubly gifted. If you are 3-4 grade levels above your peers, it is difficult to pay attention or complete assignments which are “boring”.
Neurofeedback can help build new brain connections which make learning easier. We can help parent’s work with the school system to get the support the child needs. Together we are dedicated to helping each student reach his or her potential.
After completing a course of neurofeedback, the tests can be repeated to document change.
Neurotransmitter Testing: Assess and Address
If you are experiencing problems with mood, sleep, fatigue or anxiousness, chances are you have an imbalance in your neurotransmitters. The NeuroScience company we work with provides a way to assess the imbalance and then support the client to move towards balance. The products we used are backed by a database of over 700,000 patient results, and are designed to move biomarkers to produce a noticeable difference.
Urine neurotransmitter testing can also be used to help a psychiatrist provide a prescription medication. For example, if the neurotransmitter test shows that the serotonin level is normal, an SSRI would perhaps not be the best choice of treatment.
Every patient is unique and so are the imbalances behind their symptoms. Personalized health programs may offer improved outcomes in a shorter time frame.
Psychological Testing: Understanding the Whole Picture
At the Colorado Center for Neurofeedback, we are dedicated to helping you put together the pieces and figure out what is really going on with you or your child. Frequently, the changes we see are very subjective, and we try to get solid objective data to support the changes you notice.
Most clients will complete a battery of psychological tests. These tests are provided through a company known as CNS Vital Signs (CNSVS). These computerized neurocognitive tests provide us with objective data which is normalized based on age. Ages 7-99 are included. If a client tests below average in any area, the tests are repeated to reassess and document change.
These tests measure:
• Neurocognitive index
• Composite Memory
• Verbal Memory
• Visual Memory
• Psychomotor Speed
• Reaction time
• Complex Attention
• Cognitive Flexibility
• Processing Speed
• Executive Function
• Social Acuity
• Sustained Attention
• Working Memory
• Simple Attention
• Motor Speed
We may ask for a release of information and get input from family, teachers and physicians to support a diagnosis.
Self-rating scales as well as parent/teacher scales are frequently used as another attempt to document objective data and measure change through neurofeedback. These scales are used to rate anxiety, depression, sleep and internet use as well as perceived attention, social acuity and behavior. We believe that the more we understand about you or your child, the more helpful this therapy can be.
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