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Benefits of Neurofeedback with Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are pervasive and common. There are many modalities to work with them, which works very well. Neurofeedback is one of the treatment interventions that are successful in treating learning disabilities; however, its approach is completely different from the other options. Neurofeedback is used to train the area of the brain involved in learning or performing reading, math, or auditory and visual processing that is related to the learning disability.

We know that learning requires coordination between multiple areas of the brain. The speed, amplitude, coherence, and symmetry of the brain are all required for information intake and output. Neurofeedback increases the brain’s coordination and communication between different areas of the brain.

Connectivity training is particularly effective with this demographic and seems to provide more consistent improvements in learning issues such as reading comprehension, dyslexia, math deficits, and visual and auditory processing problems.

Resources on the Benefits of Neurofeedback with Learning Disorders

  • EEG and behavioral changes following neurofeedback treatment in learning disabled children.

  • Fernández T, Herrera W, Harmony T, Díaz-Comas L, Santiago E, Sánchez L, Bosch J, Fernández-Bouzas A, Otero G, Ricardo-Garcell J, Barraza C, Aubert E, Galán L, Valdés R.Clin Electroencephalogr. 2003 Jul;34(3):145-52. doi: 10.1177/155005940303400308.PMID: 14521276 Clinical Trial.

  • Changes in EEG current sources induced by neurofeedback in learning disabled children. An exploratory study.

  • Fernández T, Harmony T, Fernández-Bouzas A, Díaz-Comas L, Prado-Alcalá RA, Valdés-Sosa P, Otero G, Bosch J, Galán L, Santiago-Rodríguez E, Aubert E, García-Martínez F.Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2007 Dec;32(3-4):169-83. doi: 10.1007/s10484-007-9044-8. Epub 2007 Nov 3.PMID: 17978869 Clinical Trial.

  • Neurofeedback in Learning Disabled Children: Visual versus Auditory Reinforcement.

  • Fernández T, Bosch-Bayard J, Harmony T, Caballero MI, Díaz-Comas L, Galán L, Ricardo-Garcell J, Aubert E, Otero-Ojeda G.Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2016 Mar;41(1):27-37. doi: 10.1007/s10484-015-9309-6.PMID: 26294269

  • Quantitative EEG neurofeedback for the treatment of pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, and epilepsy.

  • Hurt E, Arnold LE, Lofthouse N.Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2014 Jul;23(3):465-86. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2014.02.001.PMID: 24975622 

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