During the session, the child, adolescent or adult sits in a comfortable chair, typically for about 30-45 minutes. Two or more leads or sensors are attached to the scalp with a water-soluble paste; brainwave signals are then able to be detected and sent to a computer using special software and hardware that amplifies the signals. The computer displays interesting graphics in the form of a game or a movie (visual feedback) and your brainwaves control the progress of the visual information being seen. As brain waves are generated which represent well-regulated attention and arousal levels, the visual graphics continue uninterrupted. Large excursions in optimal brain wave activity will cause the graphics to either stop or change in their quality. The brain then responds to the challenge of the feedback and moves towards more adaptive and flexible functioning. The therapist is responsible for making the necessary changes in the placement of the sensors and management of the raw EEG data being obtained.
We had our son who is two evaluated because of behavior issues that were not age appropriate and were causing such damage to our family life. We heard this term “Sensory Integration” and couldn’t believe what we were being told. As a family we decided to explore this type of therapy and figured what could it hurt. We was so unhappy and angry, we were willing to try anything except medication! In three months we have been amazed at the transformation in our son, he is happy, calm, plays independently and socially he plays so well with other children. It has brought us together as a family, the blame of “you’re a stay at home mom, why is his behavior so bad” has stopped. We know how to help him when he needs it. Our time here has changed our life on the most positive ways.
- Gavin - Son, 3 y/o