BETTER AND BETTER WITH NEUROFEEDBACK

  • Aug 23 2021
  • KS

Concerned parents who wanted to help their children made the recent June school holidays the busiest month for Kampung Senang’s neurofeedback services at the Neurofeedback Learning Centre (NLC).  

With some adult and child clients booking sessions twice a day, both our neurofeedback practitioners were busy for the vast majority of their time. Even at the end of July as they cleared training appointments, they were also clearing a backlog of enquiries from people requesting complementary consultations to better understand how neurofeedback can help them and their children. 

A recent heartening story involves a mother with a 5-year-old child with developmental delay. In July, she reported that since her child’s review by an occupational therapist in April 2015, his reassessment has shown significant improvement in his concentration and in making eye contact. His mother was also delighted that her child was beginning to communicate more by speaking. “Neurofeedback is like magic!” she says. 

An International Experience 

Also in July, both our practitioners, Elaine and Kim, were in the US to attend the annual Advanced Clinical Summit in neurofeedback by the EEG Institute in California where they were trained. They were part of 155 people who attended. Most came from the US but some came from as far north as Russia, and as far south as Brazil.  

Neurofeedback is a fast growing field and many insights were shared by the international neurofeedback community. One of these was about how neurofeedback was fast becoming an important part of holistic healing and gaining wider acceptance by the traditional medical community. Many other topics were covered at the summit to give participants a deeper understanding of neurofeedback, which has existed for over 40 years.  

One speaker, Bette Lamont, spoke of how neurofeedback was useful in helping children who had missed certain stages of development, such as those who did not get enough time crawling because they were put in walkers. Not spending enough time learning to crawl denies the brain the opportunity to develop certain areas in itself, and this in turn upsets the development of other functions in a child’s growth. Fortunately, this can be remediated with physical exercises and with neurofeedback, which can be likened to physiotherapy for the brain. 

The much anticipated lecture of the summit was the talk by Susan Othmer, Clinical Director of the EEG Institute and founder of the Othmer Method of neurofeedback that is used at Kampung Senang’s NLC. She has introduced thousands of professionals to the field of neurofeedback and updated us on her clinical work and development of new assessment and training approaches. 

On an informal note, the community of neurofeedback practitioners shared their everyday impressions of their work and their clientele, such as how many clients have in common a less than optimal diet, exercise and sleep. For example, in addition to the insult of low nutrition fast foods and processed convenience foods, many busy urban dwellers also tend to underestimate their need for 8 hours of sleep, and majority of child clients in neurofeedback do not get the even longer hours of sleep that is especially necessary for young developing brains. Good sleep, nutrition and exercise are the foundation for optimal mental, emotional and physical health, which neurofeedback can help achieve. 

Our practitioners have returned happy to get back to their clients and help them even more with what they have learnt.