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Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia

Do you have difficulty reading and writing, Do you struggle in school/work, Does it take you longer to finish tasks compared to others, Do you struggle to interpret words, or letters?

UNDERSTANDING LEARNING DISABILITIES & BRAIN PATTERNS

Learning disabilities present themselves in a variety of forms, including general learning disabilities, dyslexia and math disabilities. In most cases, the brain patterns in a person with a learning disability are typically made up of too much slow brainwave activity – such as alpha, delta and theta waves. The increased presence of slow brain waves in a person with a learning disability causes interruptions between neural pathways as information enters the brain. These brain interruptions affect individuals with learning disabilities to feel frustrated, anxious and irritable. Fortunately, Neurofeedback is very successful in normalizing the functioning of brainwave patterns by increasing the electrical impulses in the brain where needed to improve learning disabilities. Learn more below.

HOW NEUROFEEDBACK CAN HELP LEARNING DISABILITIES

Neurofeedback helps reshape and train the brain of a person with a learning disability by normalizing brain patterns that lead to symptoms. This can be through enhancing brain activity, such as increasing beta (fast moving) brainwave activity that is typically lacking. Beta brainwave activity is responsible for focused thought, improved reasoning, and feeling alert. Neurofeedback also helps to enhance your brain’s communication through its neural networks, including helping your brain become better at processing information and staying focused.

Individuals who have completed Neurofeedback for a learning disability will often notice improvements in attention and working memory, along with an improvement in the symptoms they were experiencing. A case study by Kirtley & Carmody, showed that Neurofeedback resulted in a 400% improvement in reading memory, a 109% increase in reading ability and a 250% increase in reading comprehension (Kirtley & Carmody, 2005).


RESEARCH ON NEUROFEEDBACK & LEARNING DISABILITIES

Electroencephalogram biofeedback for reading disability and traumatic brain injury
Thornton, Kirtley E., Carmody, Dennis P. (2005). Electroencephalogram biofeedback for reading disability and traumatic brain injury. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 137-162

EEG and Behavioral Changes following Neurofeedback Treatment in Learning Disabled Children
Fernández, T. et al. (2003) EEG and Behavioral Changes following Neurofeedback Treatment in Learning Disabled Children. Clinical Electroencephalography. 145-152

Improvements in Spelling after QEEG-based Neurofeedback in Dyslexia: A Randomized Controlled Treatment Study
Marinus, H.M., et al. (2010). Improvements in Spelling after QEEG-based Neurofeedback in Dyslexia: A Randomized Controlled Treatment Study. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 5 – 11.

Neurofeedback Combined with Training in Metacognitive Strategies: Effectiveness in Students with ADD
Thompson, L., Thompson, M. (1998). Neurofeedback Combined with Training in Metacognitive Strategies: Effectiveness in Students with ADD. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 243-263

The impact of coherence Neurofeedback on reading delays in learning disabled children: A randomized controlled study
Cohen, Robert., et al. (2015). The impact of coherence Neurofeedback on reading delays in learning disabled children: A randomized controlled study. International Society for Neurofeedback & Research. 168-178