New York Clinical Psychologist Katherine Leddick, Ph.D.
Manhattan (Union Square)
Over the years, many of my colleagues and I have found that children improve most with neurofeedback training when at least one adult member of the household also trains. This is helpful for many reasons. It helps to de-mystify the process of neurofeedback and to de-stigmatize the child. Moreover, children are particularly embedded in family systems, and when we facilitate growth within the family system, the child has more possibilities for growth and maturation.
When children are doing neurofeedback, the child may watch videos (or play games or read or talk) while the neurofeedback training occurs. The only requirement is that the child remain relatively still in a comfortable chair. In separate sessions, a parent talks to the therapist about the presenting problems and the child’s responses to neurofeedback. The parent and therapist talk about the family system as it relates to desired changes for the child. Simultaneously, the parent receives neurofeedback.
Parents often bring their children for help with an emotional, cognitive, or physical problem.
Common problems include:
- anxiety, sleep difficulties, depression
- ADD/ ADHD, focus, concentration
- tantrums, emotional regulation
- moving past traumatic experiences
- process of adoption
- headaches or other chronic pain
- developmental problems associated with autism, aspergers, PDD, or other diagnoses
Children with any of these difficulties can find more adaptive and satisfying ways of being. Often the familyʼs concern is about improving the childʼs capacities or behavior at school or at home.
We look for improvements in:
- focus, attention, concentration
- emotional regulation
- social ease
- learning more, retaining more of what is learned
- maturity and confidence
Sometimes children are taking medications for these problems already. Many find that over time, they need less medication, and their prescribing doctor reduces the dosage or discontinues medications altogether. Others may find that their lives are better with medications. We aim to facilitate the best outcome for the whole child.