Neurofeedback for Kids
Non-Medicinal Options For Kids
HELP, MY CHILD IS STRUGGLING!
Is your child struggling with anxiety? Are they asking to stay home from school, complaining of stomach aches, headaches, or not wanting to participate in social activities? Maybe they have developed an intense fear of getting sick and vomiting, are afraid to stay home alone, or are extremely afraid of storms.
Does your child struggle to regulate their emotions appropriately for their age? Are they having meltdowns, throwing temper tantrums or fighting with their siblings more than normal? Or maybe they show little to no affection.
Anxiety is a normal part of life. It is normal for children to experience anxiety over different things as they grow up. Young children may be afraid of the dark, while school-age children worry about making friends. But sometimes normal childhood anxiety moves into something more serious. Your child may ask for reassurance for something that happened a month ago, they may complain of stomachaches, headaches, or not want to participate in social activities. They may have a hard time leaving your side, become afraid to stay home alone, or ask to stay home from school. Outbursts, being more withdrawn and trouble with sleep are also signs of heightened anxiety.
Some children develop intense fear that interferes with their normal activities. When fear and anxiety become more intense it can impact their friendships, home life and school activities. Children may not use the word anxiety to describe how they are feeling, rather they may say they feel shy, worried, self-conscious, nervous, sad, scared or apprehensive. Listening for these words and observing these behaviors can be indicators that your child is struggling with anxiety.
The good news is there is a non-medicinal way to help kids find greater calm, worry less, and sleep better! Neurofeedback is a great option for kids as it offers an entertaining and non invasive way to help the child reduce anxiety and cope better.
Neurofeedback is an indirect approach to work directly with the brain. Why work directly with the brain? The brain is responsible for regulating mood, focused attention, the fight or flight response and so much more. Working directly with the brain through neurofeedback allows the brain to learn to better regulate itself, leading to a better ability to focus, feel calm, and handle emotions.
These are all challenges that kids can face. Some of these struggles are treated with medication and others are treated by a combination of therapies, whether it be occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy or play therapy with a counselor. Neurofeedback is another option that works great with these therapies.