Real-Time, All-Digital EEG Neurofeedback has proven to be a highly effective intervention for many types of brain injuries and disabling conditions related to brain function. I am presenting a few brief case studies as examples of the positive changes which can be achieved with this ground-breaking therapy. To protect the privacy of my clients all names have been changed.
Due to a genetic blood disorder suffered a massive stroke at the age of 13 that affected his entire right hemisphere and resulted in the loss of 25% of his brain.
At age 15, after two years of extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, he began Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback treatments.
Prior to treatments Victor had the following difficulties:
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Difficulty completing class assignments
- Concern about passing class exams
- Feelings of impatience and low self-esteem
- Inability to raise his left arm above chest height
- Unable to cross his arms or touch his nose with his left hand.
- Pronounced limp on left side Inability to skip or jump
After 60 treatments with Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback, Victor experienced the following changes:
- Improved concentration and memory
- Improved classroom performance
- Improved reading and math, enabling him to complete and pass 8th grade with high profiency
- Improved balance and equilibrium
- Able to run, jump and skip
- Able to raise both arms above his head
- Able to cross his arms
- Able to touch his nose with his left hand
Following the treatment, his mother sent me the following email:
I will never get tired to thank you for all your kindness and support with my son.
Take care, CEF
Joan has Down’s Syndrome. Her parents brought her to me when she was 28 years old. They had heard that Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback could help improve the functioning of individuals with Down’s Syndrome. Their goal for “Joan” was to improve her communication skills.
Condition prior to treatment:
- Very shy, did not maintain eye contact
- Did nor reach out socially in her day care setting
- Communication consisted mainly of grunts, gestures, and pointing
- Although she had the ability to speak and had a very limited vocabulary, she only used words when prompted
- Often had bought of crying or tantrums when frustrated
After 18 Real – Time EEG Neurofeedback sessions her parents and social workers in her day care setting noted the following changes in her behavior:
- Became more social with others during activates in her daycare setting
- Maintained eye contact
- Began to speak in appropriate two and three word sentences
- Tantrums and crying episodes decreased dramatically
- All levels of social and intellectual functioning, based on previous day care evaluations, increased
Mark has Cerbral Palsy, uses a walker, and has difficulty with balance, physical stamina, and muscle spasms. He has with difficulty with articulation (the production of speech sounds), memory, and processing information.
As a child he suffered from severe epileptic seizures and was so heavily medicated that he became zombie-luke and his ability to learn and process information was severely diminished. When he was 12, the amount of medication needed was gradually reduced and then discontinued. The fog of sedation he was living under was finally lifted.
I was hired to provide one-on-one, intensive academic instruction for “Mark” when he was 17 years old.
From January 2001 through June of 2003 I provided educational therapy for an average of 4 hours per week throughout the school year. Mark made extremely limited progress and had problems retaining what he learned. There was almost no change hin his academic progress.
- He had no concept of number quantity, could not count to 10
- He did not understand money and did not recognize coin denominations
- He could not recite the alphabet, but knew all the letter sounds
- He was unable to read single-syllable words (cat, pop, etc.) or basic sight words (numbers, colors, etc) unprompted.
- In spite of his apparent lack of academic skills, he was knowledgeable about the world around him
- His expressive language was very limited
- His behavior was socially appropriate and he was well-liked by both regular and special education students
- He enjoyed having age-appropriate books being read to him and understood what was read
In September 2003, I began providing Real-Time, Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback twice a week, in addition to the educational therapy;
Mark was now 20 years old.
By April 2004:
- He was able to read and comprehend short paragraphs consisting of short sentences of single-syllable words
- He could count, add, and subtract with the numbers 1-10
- He recognized coin denominations and understood coin values
- He could recite the alphabet without prompting
- His articulation ability improved dramatically
- His expressive language improved and revealed an extensive vocabulary along with a great sense of humor
- His balance and physical stamina improved
- His muscle spasms diminished
In June of 2004, at the age of 21, Mark left high school and was able to “graduate” in cap and gown. A few weeks after graduation, his parents sent me a photograph and the following notes:
Thank you for helping me find my way,
Love …” (printed in Mark’s own handwriting)
“Elaine, You are a special angel. Thanks for all your work with our son.”
DM and CM
At age 37, Alice fell backwards off of a horse and hit her head on a cement curb. She sustained 14 skull fractures, as well as other injuries and broken bones. Alice was in a coma for 2 months and then in intensive care for several months before being transferred to a skilled nursing facility.
Alice received intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. After two years her physical condition improved, but she was still not cognitively present or able to help care for herself. Alice’s mother wanted to be able to remove her from the nursing home and care for her at home, but Alice was too severe for her mother to care for her, so she took Alice to begin treatment with me for Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback.
When Alice began treatment, she was not mentally present, could not really respond to statements and there was no spark in her eyes. Two years of physical, occupational, and speech therapy had not improved her cognitive ability. After 1½ years of Real-Time EEG Neurofeedback therapy, Alice was able to go home to live with her mother and step-father. She is able to participate in her own care, she is re-learning how to read, and while her speech is still very unclear, she is able to write short two and three word notes to express what she is thinking. She enjoys and is responsive to conversation, has her sense of humor back and is a true participant in her continuing physical and mental recovery.