The most common pediatric brain-based disorders that I see in my practice are ADD or ADHD, autism and surprisingly enough, you wouldn’t expect this in a child, but anxiety disorder. Whether it is social anxiety disorder or generalized anxiety disorder, we see that quite commonly in youngsters as young as five or six years old. Those would be the most common conditions we see.
The type of therapy that helps these children the best, not just in managing their symptoms, but often times resolving their symptoms completely, is neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback therapy, just briefly explained, is using what is called QEEG. EEG stands for electroencephalogram, which has been used by the neurological practices for many, many years. It is a way of non-invasively mapping brainwave activity and then determining where there might be dis-regulations or dysfunction in the different regions of the brain. We then use the same EEG technology to now retrain the brain.
Again, it is a noninvasive process, where the child simply watches an image or television on a tablet, if it is home-based, or here in the clinic on a large screen television, and this therapy basically regulates or restores proper function to the brain over time.