Affordable Neurofeedback for Inattentive ADD and ADHD
By using EEG Biofeedback, you can train your brain to perform better and faster. Several articles including one in the Journal of Attention Disorders, have recently confirmed that EEG Biofeedback, which is sometimes called Neurofeedback or EEG Neurobiofeedback, can improve ADHD, working memory, Inattentive ADD behaviors and slow cognitive processing speed (see citations below).
The problem with EEG biofeedback has always been the cost. Practitioners and providers of Neurofeedback programs often charge $5000.00 for a 6-8 week treatment program. This is out of budget range for many patients but a new technology may soon make EEG Neurofeedback affordable for everyone.
An EEG hardware development company, NeuroSky, has just released an affordable headset ($99.00) that allows you to do Neurofeedback in your home at an affordable price. A company called Neurocog has developed an ADHD Neurofeedback software program called HokusFocus ($150.00) to use with the NeuroSky headset.
EEG Biofeedback is a treatment that allows us to harness our brainwaves so that we can learn. Different brain states produce brainwaves that have different frequencies. Some brain waves are associated with focus and others with a distracted state, some waves signal frustration and others a calm state. The NeuroSky head set is capable of detecting these different brain wave patterns and alerting us about our brain state. With the use of the NeuroSky headset and software like HokusFocus, we can get teach our brain to get into a better "state of mind".
HokusFocus is an interactive game for kids of ages. A recent study found that HocusFocus improved spatial learning, sustained attention, working memory and behavior in kids with ADHD. The findings of this study are published in the Journal Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders.
NeuroSky reports that software applications are being developed for ADHD adults as well. The headset is also being used as a safety device for monitoring truck drive alertness and as an aid for discovering what is causing reading difficulties in certain students.
Affordable Neurofeedback for ADHD and Inattentive ADD adds another therapy to our treatment arsenal. For people who tolerate stimulants poorly, or not at all, the development of an affordable Neurofeedback alternative may be a true life and brain saver.