How frequent are sessions?
Sessions usuallyoccur once per week. Typically one would expect to see changes in targeted behavior relatively quickly. Certain problems with self regulation usually begin to improvein 4-5 treatment sessions.
Are treatment effects long lasting?
In most cases, yes. In order for improvements to persist, it is usually necessary to continue treatment for 20-30 sessions. This deepens and broadens the effect of treatment, and makes it longer lasting. In the case of some psychiatric disorders, such as Tourettes Syndrome, specific anxiety disorders, and autism spectrum disorders, treatment may have to be much more extensive.
How does neurofeedback fit into a broader treatment plan?
Neurofeedback can be used as a standalone process, but it is also often used as a part of a broader treatment plan. In this way, it is part of an integrated treatment plan. This treatment plan might include individual and/or family therapy, coaching to address academic and attention difficulties, consultation with the school, and/or medication. In some cases medication may be reduced or eliminated as a result of neurofeedback treatment.
How are the effects of neurofeedback measured?
The effects of neurofeedback are measured by objective tests of attentional abilities, behavior checklists, and subjective reports of change by the parent and the child. Change is also measured using reports from school, and improved academic function is demonstrated by improved grades.Weekly feedback reports from the parents as to the effects of treatment are critical to the success of the neurofeedback process.