The findings of a study on mindfulness training for children carried out by Dominic Crehan and Dr Michelle Ellefson at the University of Cambridge were presented on September 6 2013, at the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Developmental Psychology Annual Conference at the University of Reading confirm its effects. A short course on mindfulness meditation done on a group of 30 children took the course as part of their school curriculum improved their ability to ignore distractions and concentrate better. Mindfulness training is not necessarily easy to do with children and neurofeedback, using the familiar form of video games can be, for Westerners at least, an easier way to achieve the same goals.
I often describe the similarity of neurofeedback brain training to mindfulness training. Meditation teaches people, usually with time and difficulty, to be able to be aware of their internal state and that awareness leads to the ability to control those states. Breath control, blood pressure regulation, pain management– all can be affected by controlling your brains responses.
Like meditation, neurofeedback allows the brain to observe its own state of activity and encourages it to make the adjustments necessary for better self regulation. To calm itself down, to manage excessive fluctuations in brainwave production, to smooth out the ups and downs of activity. That brain state management results in the reduction or elimination of symptoms of a variety of conditions, from seizure control and migraines to attention deficits and pain relief.
If a disregulated brain is giving you trouble, get in touch with me or seek out a local provider to discuss how neurofeedback can help.