Learning Disability

27 08, 2014

Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?

By |August 27th, 2014|ADD (AD/HD), Behavioral Disorder, Learning Disability, News & Events|Comments Off on Does My Child Have a Learning Disability?|

As parents post pictures of their children on this first day back to school, I can’t help but wonder how many parents are already dreading the first phone call from the teacher about their child’s behavior in class or the impending meltdown when she is struggling with homework.
When a child misbehaves in school or does not complete their work as assigned, adults will often label it AD/HD or a Behavioral Disorder. However, the underlying issue may be a Learning Disability. Behaviorally, the symptoms may appear the same. The brain function issues causing the symptoms can actually be something very different.

Pre-K and Kindergarten:
As early as pre-K or Kindergarten, a child with a learning disability may begin to display a learned helplessness. Rather than fail, he may simply not attempt the assignment. The teacher may describe your child as impulsive, inattentive, easily distracted, or lazy.
On the other hand, especially if your child is quiet and compliant, she may rush through an assignment and receive a poor grade. It is often assumed that if she would just slow down, she would do much better. The truth of the matter is that she may not be able to complete the assignment because of a learning disability, and hurrying is her way of complying with the rules.

As a child with a learning disability progresses through school, he or she will begin to fall further behind each year. A child’s intelligence level, his ability to process information, and the severity of the learning disability will all help determine how early a disability is diagnosed.
Typically, between 2nd and 3rd grade, the learning disabled child may begin to complain about going to school, homework becomes a source of [...]

24 07, 2014

Transformative Education and Mental Health

By |July 24th, 2014|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Depression, Learning Disability, News & Events|Comments Off on Transformative Education and Mental Health|

Many children and teens struggle with mental health issues which can make traditional education a daily burden that aggravates symptoms. As the mother of a daughter who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 9th grade, I know all too well the stress of worrying about a child’s physical and mental health while trying to meet the attendance and academic requirements of the school, district, and state.
When brain function is out of balance, the chemicals produced in the brain are also out of sync. Children and teens who deal with anxiety, depression, learning disability, ADHD, behavioral disorder, or any disorder that involves brain function may have to work very hard to accomplish even the simplest of activities. This is because the brain is working so laboriously to perform daily tasks.

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Traditional education has rigorous expectations with regard to time structure, behavior, academic requirements, and socially accepted norms. This is understandable, given the federal and state requirements for students, teachers, and the education facility as a whole.
Transformative education refers to education that falls outside of the normal expectations typically found in most public and private schools. Because transformative education allows for flexibility in scheduling and academic requirements, it can be very beneficial for students who struggle in the traditional school.
Two Examples of Transformative Education
The MorningStar Academy is an online, private Christian school that is fully accredited. Students have access to a virtual teacher for help, they are required to complete daily assignments, and grades are based upon individual assignments and evaluations.  This type of setting is ideal for the student who requires multiple breaks during the day or who otherwise needs [...]

3 12, 2013

Help for Learning Disabilities

By |December 3rd, 2013|ADD (AD/HD), Learning Disability, News & Events|Comments Off on Help for Learning Disabilities|

Do you worry that your child doesn’t seem to be doing well in school? Are you concerned because a teacher or counselor from the school called to set up a meeting to discuss your child’s behavior and grades? Does your child have a melt-down when it comes time to read or complete homework?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, there are approximately 2.4 million students in the United States who struggle with a Learning Disability.
How is a Learning Disability related to brain function?
Research has shown that learning disabilities are related to brain function issues. In order to process information accurately, brain waves need to function at a typical rate. When the brain waves are out of balance, handling information too quickly or too slowly, it can affect learning.

Additionally, in order to process information correctly, different areas of the brain must communicate with one another. If the rate at which these regions of the brain share information is too fast or too slow, learning may be very difficult.
How can neurofeedback help?
Neurofeedback is very effective therapy for Learning Disabilities! Brain Changers utilizes neurofeedback therapy to retrain brainwaves that are functioning too quickly or slowly, as well as help improve the way in which the different areas of the brain communicate with each other. After treatment, we have seen many students gain confidence and success in the classroom!
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19 11, 2013

Testimonial: Dyslexia and ADHD

By |November 19th, 2013|ADD (AD/HD), Learning Disability, Testimonials|Comments Off on Testimonial: Dyslexia and ADHD|


When attending a meeting with our child’s 1st grade teacher, we were told that it appears there was some sort of learning disability. All I could think was, “No. Not again.” She was our youngest and our fifth child to be told this.

We knew all too well the struggles that come from dyslexia & ADD. All of our children were tested and were found to have a high IQ, but they all had dyslexia. Dyslexia, outwardly, may look very different from a high IQ. No amount of accommodations make up for the high level of frustration these children deal wtih every day.

I had been told about neurofeedback. I did some research and found Brain Changers. I called and talked with Dr. McClung. She was very helpful, informative, and kind.

It was a big decision, as we live two hours away.  They worked with us on appointment times, and they were very accommodating.

Our child is now reading on her own and doing homework by herself. Her teacher was amazed at her progress. Before neurofeedback, our daughter was extremely shy. Now, she has been in school plays and is cheerful and outgoing.

I really like the fact about no harmful medication and no bad side effects. It was the best decision for our child. It’s well worth the investment in anyone’s life.

Jeannie Mars, mother of 7 year old

13 06, 2013

Learning Disability: Research on Effectiveness of Neurofeedback

By |June 13th, 2013|ADD (AD/HD), Asperger's, Learning Disability|Comments Off on Learning Disability: Research on Effectiveness of Neurofeedback|

At least 1 in 10 schoolchildren are affected by a learning disability. Telling a child with a learning disability to try harder, pay closer attention, or improve motivation on their own will not work. A learning disability, or learning disorder, is not a problem with intelligence. Learning disabilities are caused by a difference in the brain that affects how information is received, processed, or communicated. Children and adults with learning disabilities have trouble processing sensory information, because they see, hear, and understand things differently.
Brain Changers effectively works with both children and adults who struggle with a range of Learning Disabilities, including Dyslexia. Research clearly supports the same effective results that our clients consistently experience with neurofeedback treatment for a multitude of Learning Disabilities, including Dyslexia.

Dyslexia: What does it mean if my child has Dyslexia?
Below are two abstracts for research projects that demonstrate the effectiveness of neurofeedback  for treatment of learning disability:
Neurofeedback for Elementary Students with Identified Learning Problems  Peter C. Orlando, PhD, Richard O. Rivera, BS
Introduction. The goal of this research was to ascertain whether basic reading, reading comprehension, the reading composite, and IQ scores could be improved using neurofeedback. Pre-test and post-test reading and cognitive assessments were administered to sixth, seventh and eighth graders identified as having learning problems. Control and experimental groups were chosen at random. With the exception of three students, every student in the control and experimental group had previously been diagnosed with Specific Learning Disability or as Other Health Impaired according to State and Federal guidelines for special education services. The three students were medically diagnosed as having ADD (AD/HD) and were on a 504 Accommodation Plan.
Method. The research began in late August 2001 with securing administrative and parental permissions. [...]

5 06, 2012

AD/HD and Comorbidity

By |June 5th, 2012|ADD (AD/HD), Anxiety Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Learning Disability|Comments Off on AD/HD and Comorbidity|

Is it really AD/HD? OR … Is there something else going on with brain function that is presenting like AD/HD? AD/HD and comorbidity is rampant! There are a number of disorders related to over or under activity of the brain waves that mimic the symptoms of AD/HD. Regardless of what the primary issue is that is causing symptoms, neurofeedback is effective treatment to significantly reduce or diminish the related symptoms!

Does my child have AD/HD?
There have been many research studies conducted which clearly demonstrate that many children and adults currently treated with medication for symptoms of AD/HD have comorbid conditions which have been undetected and/or untreated by the medical community.

AD/HD Comorbidity with other Disorders:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America states that approximately 50% of children and adults with AD/HD also suffer from an Anxiety Disorder.
ADHD Information Library claims that up to 25% of children with ADHD suffer from a mild depression.
ADDitude recently published findings that indicate  as many as 20% of those diagnosed with ADHD also suffer from Bipolar Disorder. This is a difficult differential diagnosis to make since they share many symptoms, including mood instability, bursts of energy and restlessness, talkativeness, and impatience. 
Your Little Professor-Resources and Academic Programs for Children with Asperger’s Syndrome gathered data that estimates 60% to 70% of Aspies also have ADHD, a common comorbidity of Asperger Syndrome. 
Science Daily on ADHD comorbidity with Sleep Disorders: In one research study of children and adults with sleep disorders, 17% of children with ADHD were currently suffering from primary insomnia, versus 7% of controls; lifetime primary insomnia occurred in 20% of children with ADHD, compared to 10% of controls; Nightmare disorder affected 11% of children with ADHD; and lifetime nightmare disorder affected 23%, versus 5 and 16% of controls.
Medscape Reference found [...]

1 12, 2011

Learning Disability: Success Story

By |December 1st, 2011|Learning Disability, Success Stories|Comments Off on Learning Disability: Success Story|

Michelle’s parents knew she had a learning disability. Her younger brother was ahead of her in the subjects of math and reading. But by the time she had reach 16, she was really struggling. Her reading was slow and halting. She couldn’t understand what she was reading because she would skip words. Her handwriting was impossible to read, and her math scores were plummeting. So when the school counselor suggested they try neurofeedback, they were willing to do anything. It has been a year now, and although she still has improvements to make, she plans to go to junior college when she graduates.

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21 10, 2011

Learning Disability: Learning Disability Case Study

By |October 21st, 2011|Case Studies, Learning Disability|Comments Off on Learning Disability: Learning Disability Case Study|

This case involved a sixteen year old female who, as reported by her parents, was diagnosed with more than one learning disability, and was struggling with a constellation of cognitive and behavioral challenges. The girl’s difficulties included auditory processing problems, Dyslexia, insufficient academic achievement (almost being held back a grade), an inability to focus and pay attention, and sleeping in class. In addition, the girl was involved with other at risk students and had experimented with drugs. She had long-standing difficulties with waking up in the mornings. Despite extensive tutoring, cueing and coaching, the girl was unable to organize herself enough to track, complete and turn in assignments. She also struggled with low self-esteem; her feelings were easily hurt, and she tended to hold grudges for a long period of time. The girl was in counseling and was medicated with prescribed stimulants. The physician had recommended an increase in medication, but her parents hoped to avoid this.
After she received an initial neurofeedback session the Mother reported the girl was involved in a terrible fight with peers at school. After several more training sessions a teacher contacted the Mother by phone to inquire about a “drastic change” in her daughter; it was as “as if all of a sudden a light went on”, the teacher reported. The visible effects of learning disability were drastically reduced in the classroom. She “is suddenly able to listen and seems to understand what is being said” the teacher noted, and asked if there was something the parents were doing that could account for such positive changes. The teacher also reported the girl as having a much brighter affect. As training progressed, the girl’s interim report card showed [...]