How can Neurofeedback help with learning difficulties?
Neurofeedback is a tool that helps to improve brain regulation, and so the short answer is that if a learning difficulty is associated with brain dis-regulation, then yes it is likely Neurofeedback will help.
Problems of attention and hyperactivity have been linked to brain deregulation since the 1970s, and a brain dis-regulation test for ADHD has recently been approved in the US. The evidence for Neurofeedback to improve ADHD symptoms is very well established and endorsed by the American Academy of Paediatrics report at the highest level of Evidence-Based Intervention, with 80 to 90% success rates reported, and we do not need a medical diagnosis to help.
Brain dis-regulation is also associated with other learning difficulties. Please refer to our specialist pages to learn how Neurofeedback may be able to help, as well as with the learning disabilities associated with Down syndrome:
- Neurofeedback for ADHD symptoms
- Neurofeedback for ASD symptoms – autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger’s syndrome
- Neurofeedback for Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia
- Neurofeedback for Down Syndrome
What is a Learning Difficulty?
‘Learning difficulty’ is a common term used in today’s society, which manifests itself in different ways and can cause various difficulties in daily life. For one person it might be a lack of attention, for another, it might be struggling to read fluently and there are different groups of learning difficulties. The following groups of specific learning difficulties (‘spLD’) are widely accepted:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder Attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD): a combination of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD): social difficulties, communication impairment, and restricted behaviors
- Dyslexia: difficulties with reading
- Dysgraphia: difficulties in writing
- Dyspraxia: motor difficulties that affect movement and co-ordination
- Dyscalculia: difficulties in understanding and learning mathematics
Specific learning difficulties impact a person’s motor skills, information processing, and memory. What the impact is and the severity differs from person to person, as does the person’s ability to cope with the difficulty and their reaction to any support offered.
The fact is though, those with specific learning difficulties will experience greater challenges in life than those without. Challenges that can be supported with Neurofeedback.