Update on Emerging Tools in Neuroscience for Pediatric and Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Therapists
Saturday and Sunday May 18-19, 2013: Seattle, WA
Instructor: Linda Marshall-Kramer, OTR/L, BCIA-BCN, C/NDT
This course has been designed specifically for our PTNW community! Linda Marshall-Kramer will expertly educate and update you on the best tools used in neuroscience for therapists.
How Effective is Neurofeedback?
Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist, Head of the Neuro-imaging Department and of Neuro-imaging Research at Boston Children's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School Professor, conducted an independent review of the literature on neurofeedback for Clinical Electro-encephalography (2000). He summarized his findings as follows:
"The literature, which lacks any negative study of substance, suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used."
Katie Campbell Daley - In a recent paper Update on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder published in Current Opinion in Pediatrics she reviewed the research and practice standards on treatment of ADHD. Dr. Campbell serves on the staff of the Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston and in the Department of Pediatrics of the Harvard Medical School. She concluded:
"Overall, these findings support the use of multi-modal treatment, including medication, parent/school counseling, and EEG biofeedback, in the long term management of ADHD, with EEG biofeedback in particular providing a sustained effect even without stimulant treatment...parents interested in non-psychopharmacologic treatment can pursue the use of complementary and alternative therapy. The therapy most promising by recent clinical trials appears to be EEG biofeedback."
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America - A recent special issue of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America was devoted to emerging interventions that affect brain function. Neurofeedback was featured in seven of the ten chapters in the volume. The volume editors provided an overview and clinical perspective on all the approaches presented. About neurofeedback they concluded:
"EEG biofeedback meets the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry criteria for clinical guideline (CG) for treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, anxiety (OCD, GAD, PTSD, phobias), depression, reading disabilities, and addictive disorders. This suggests that EEG biofeedback should always be considered as an intervention for these disorders by the clinician."
We Are Here For You
Our Clinical Director, Linda Marshall-Kramer, OTR/L BCIA-BCN is Board Certified in EEG Neurofeedback and is the only Board Certified Occupational Therapist in the State of Illinois and the only Occupational Therapist in the nation specializing in pediatrics with certifications in Sensory Integration and Neuro-Developmental therapy. Linda has over 30 years of Pediatric experience and over 25 years of certification in Sensory Integration and Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Our Medical Director, Otto S. Kramer, M.D. is an experienced board certified physician who provides therapy to children and adults, with special expertise in the treatment of pain. Dr. Kramer and Linda Kramer also administer and interpret the QEEG/Brain Mapping assessment used to direct the Neurofeedback process.
Why Choose Us?
It is vital that Neurofeedback be provided by a licensed medical provider. Otto Kramer, M.D. is a Board Certified Medical Doctor and his wife Linda Kramer OTR/L is a Registered Pediatric Occupational Therapist who is Board Certified in Neurofeedback.
It is important that a Neurofeedback provider possess board certification from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. In addition, in order for Neurofeedback to be effective a 19 channel QEEG or Brain Map should be used to evaluate neural or brain networks. Results of the Brain Map in conjunction with clinical symptoms are then used to direct neurofeedback training. Without this important tool, guesswork is used and the training process is either ineffective or generalized in its effect. As a consumer, it is in your best interest to obtain therapy that is efficacious and that provides you with therapy that is "evidenced based." It is impossible to "guess" where training should occur and at what frequencies by using only a symptom guided approach.
For more information about credentialing and how to verify the background of a provider go to bcia.org.
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39 East Colorado
in the Prairie Building
Frankfort, IL 60423
To find out if Neurofeedback is right for you or a member of your family, call us for a no-charge consultation by our Clinical or Medical Director.
Learn more about our pediatric therapy clinic by visiting: childrenstherapyservicesinc.com
Cost Effective Neurofeedback
We use a variety of approaches when providing Neurofeedback. Both of these approaches are at the most advanced in the field. They include the use of Live Z score Neurofeedback using 4-19 channels of training and the most advanced form of Neurofeedback, that of LORETA. This approach utilizes a full cap of 19 channels and treats deep brain structures according to Brodman areas that correlate with regions in the brain. This approach is particularly useful for complex cases involving Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizures, Autism and other neurological disorders.
Using these approaches, Z score and LORETA Neurofeedback allow for symptom resolution to be attained in fewer sessions than traditional Neurofeedback. The typical standard Neurofeedback program using a clinical guided approach will either be ineffective or achieve generalized gains in over 40 sessions. However, using Z score and LORETA Neuofeedback, that number is usually closer to 20 sessions or less.
Z score and LORETA Neurofeedback with up to 19 sensors or channels or training allow for fewer sessions per week. Some conditions may still require initial training twice per week; however, for the most part, one appointment per week is sufficient. This means it is easier to be consistent with the sessions and the cost for the total amount of sessions is less. This equates to more gains from your investment.