First we create an Individualized Development Profile (IDP) by compiling the participants emotional, behavioral and cognitive abilities, concerns, personal goals and social history. After a meeting that includes some standardized testing we develop academic and cognitive strategies for school, home and work. This serves as a starting point for memory, problem solving, reasoning and speed processing enhancement.
Next is the process of neurofeedback sessions. A painless process applying sensors to the scalp with a special conductive paste (which comes out of the hair with warm water) that usually lasts 45-55 minutes.
Most individuals will be asked to come as often as possible in the beginning of their therapy, it is not uncommon to come 5 days a week in the beginning.
The first twenty sessions are the most important. The central nervous system is learning a new neuronal pattern and just like exercising any muscle the more it is practiced the more habitual the movements becomes.
The total number of sessions vary and are dependant on the individual, their progress and their personal goals. A common number of therapy sessions range from 25-40.
Computer games, board games and card games are many times used during the session as a method of teaching a new cognitive strategy.
Relaxation techniques such as autogenics, visualization, Hemi-Sync music and diaphragmatic breathing are taught to the individual.
Many times "home work" is given to the family so they can continue to practice at home, school or at the workplace.
Activities and strategies can be given to the teachers and parents.