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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 [...]
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 [...]
Dr. McClung was recently interviewed by Dyral McGriff and The Gospel Roundtable on KVCE 1160 AM. She spoke about ADHD, the symptoms, misdiagnosis, and some reasons for medication side effects. She also talked with them about other effective treatment options, including neurofeedback.
Click here or on the link below to listen to the interview with Dyral McGriff and the Gospel Roundtable.
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I’m Bobby Goldstein, Executive Producer and creator of Cheaters and the CEO of an independent oil and gas exploration company. I am also the father of 7 children!
I stumbled upon neurofeedback to assist a loved one with an alcohol problem and noticed that neurofeedback was also used for athletes and high energy business people (Peak Performance Training). I’ve alway had a need to improve performance and focus, so I thought I’d give neurofeedback a try.
I’ve recently completed a 100 session treatment and am happy to report to you how effective and helpful it has been. I can now do things that I always thought impossible – participating in a long conversation without the ADHD type tendencies I’ve long had, and I can read a book from start to finish without having to constantly start over. I’ve always had a high productivity quotient, but since neurofeedback, it seems that all of what I do is completed with less struggle and much more ease.
The staff at Brain Changers suggested that much of the good I report was achievable, but of course, I was skeptical. My performance continues to improve several months after my last session. Stephanie and Mindy, at Brain Changers, are solid, experienced professionals who understand the human condition and how to treat it with this advanced application.
If you suffer from any of the conditions listed on Brain Changers website or just want to improve your game, whatever it may be, you would penny wise and pound foolish not to utilize this service. I highly recommend it and know you will, too, once you’ve completed the recommended protocols.
Please feel free to contact me if you want to discuss any of my [...]
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!
Read testimonials here!
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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
It has long been established that neurofeedback is an effective treatment without medication for many disorders. There are many research studies to support this fact. Additionally, insurance companies provide a CPT code for neurofeedback; in spite of this, there is an ongoing problem with insurance company refusal to reimburse for neurofeedback therapy.
ISNR and the Battle for Insurance Reimbursement:
Beginning in 2012, ISNR became involved in discussions with United Health Care on insurance reimbursement for neurofeedback. In a related effort, the ISNR Board of Directors commissioned Ed Pigott, PhD to author a white paper on a comprehensive meta-analysis comparing the effectiveness of neurofeedback to behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and stimulant medication for treatment of ADHD.
This white paper was created to fulfill several needs, the first being for a thorough documentation of neurofeedback efficacy that was presented to United Health Care during the insurance reimbursement meetings. Another need was for a comprehensive document that neurofeedback practitioners could access for insurance appeals and insurance parity requests on behalf of their clients. This paper also provides a current reference list of neurofeedback studies for ADHD, and it addresses issues related to appropriate research designs for learning-based treatments such as neurofeedback.
For access to the site, white paper, and insurance letter kit click: ISNR White Paper Insurance Reimbursement . You may print and send this to your provider to encourage coverage for neurofeedback or to assist in reimbursement for already paid services.
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Brain Changers offers a full range of non-medication Holistic Medicine based treatments that include Neurofeedback and Counseling. The greatest benefit comes from a combination of therapies toward improved health and wellness. Please [...]
What are other Dangers of Medication for Misdiagnosed ADHD?
A very typical treatment of ADHD involves use of medications such as Ritalin and other stimulants. A common side effect of these is insomnia–and if a child is experiencing undiagnosed sleep issues already, these drugs only exacerbate them! Now that new medical guidelines allow physicians to prescribe ADHD meds to preschoolers, sleep and even eating habits can be disrupted even earlier.
ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 1 of 3
According to USA Today, after being on ADHD medication for three years, the dosage is dialed up by an average of 41% because the body builds a tolerance to the positive effects. So if a child is diagnosed, or misdiagnosed, with ADHD at age 5, he or she may be on twice as much medication by age 11. And do these medications work? USA Today and The New York Times report that after three years on medications, a child’s academic performance is exactly where it would have been if they had never taken the drugs in the first place.
ADHD: Does My Child Really Have It or Was ADHD Misdiagnosed? Pt 2 of 3
Consider this: After three years on ADHD medications, the medicated child is an average of .79 inches shorter and six pounds lighter than children of the same age who never took those drugs. Lack of physical growth is a very real side effect of these medications!
How Can Brain Changers Help?
Brain Changers offers a full range of non-medication Holistic Medicine based treatments that include Neurofeedback and Counseling. Each of these modalities can be done independently, but the greatest benefit comes from a combination of therapies toward improved health and wellness. Please call [...]