Neruofeedback: Helping With Homework

Children love the thought of going back to school to see their friends, but there are very few who relish the idea of nights filled with homework. Ugh! For some kids, the stress and anxiety of dealing with schoolwork go beyond a little annoyance. The dread they feel can be paralyzing and may manifest in several different ways as each child is unique in how they express their frustration and uneasiness.

BATTLES OVER HOMEWORK

As a parent, the constant battle to keep your child focused on doing their homework can be exhausting. Do any of these scenarios happen in your home:

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  • Your child either says they don’t have any homework, or they can’t remember.
  • They leave their homework or books at school.
  • It takes your child 2-3 hours to complete one assignment.
  • You assume your child is working on an assignment. Instead, you find them talking to themselves, and they haven’t finished the math problem you saw them working on an hour before.
  • The homework is all completed, but they forget to take it to school.
  • They can verbalize the concepts taught in class, but when they sit down and open a book, they can’t seem to work out the simplest of problems.
  • You have a battle every night over school work.
  • Your child becomes withdrawn and loses interest in school.
  • As a parent, you can’t tell if they are deliberately avoiding homework or they sincerely are occupied with other thoughts.
  • You look into your child’s eyes and see their feelings of helplessness or tears of frustration.
  • Tests are returned with low grades though you know they have a strong grasp of the material.
  • Do you receive notes from the teacher indicating your child is a “daydreamer,” “unfocused,” “doesn’t pay attention” or can not complete tests or assignments in the allotted time during class?

No parent wants to see their child frustrated, and even more, we wonder if their struggle is due to a learning disability or lack of motivation. As a parent, it can be insanely frustrating to constantly have to remind them to stay focused on their homework or to turn it in. You would think that each year would get easier, yet every May you realize another year has gone by, and the same battles are still there.

Have you considered that perhaps your child isn’t defiant or lazy but that the connections in their brain are experiencing some abnormalities?

THE BRAIN MAY NEED A LITTLE “TAP”

Children with ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, and learning disabilities will exhibit most of the signs from above. We have learned so much about brain function that it is now well-known that underconnectivity, dysregulated brainwaves, and other neural connectivity abnormalities lead to symptoms similar to autism or ADHD.

What your child may be experiencing is a simple disconnect in how the brain communicates with itself. The good news is that this is common and very easy to treat!

Within the neurofeedback industry, studies are revealing the excellent responses children with learning disabilities, Autism, ADHD, and Aspergers are having.

Think of it as your screen door on the back porch. When lined up correctly it moves effortlessly back and forth on the track, opening and closing with a slight push of your pinky finger. But a minor bump can offset that screen door just a little bit and the next thing you know you are fighting and cursing at a screen door that will hardly budge when it was working a moment before. With a little patience, sometimes a tap in the right place is all that is needed to set it back on a smooth track.

HELPING YOUR CHILD SUCCEED THROUGH NEUROFEEDBACK

smiling little boy with big backpack jumping and having funTypically a doctor will prescribe medication to help a child with some learning disability perform in school, yet what if there was a way, that is non-evasive and requires no medication, for your child to increase their productivity that was generally 1.5-2x more effective than the traditional medications?

What LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback) therapy does is learn what parts of the brain need a little “tap” to allow the neurons to work in normal patterns and organized fashion. It stabilizes brain function allowing your child to focus, think, and communicate with a lot less effort.

As with any therapy, individuals respond differently. Some practitioners recommend a minimum of 10 sessions for the most benefit, but your specialist will develop an individualized program for your child. They start by mapping the brain to understand how it is communicating and where there might be some “hiccups.” LENS is perfect for kids because the only thing required during treatment is sitting in a chair (or stand if you want) for a few minutes. It is painless and utilizes electrodes the size of a dime placed on their head.

It may be worth researching Low Energy Neurofeedback practitioners in your area. LENS can help not only with homework but your child’s overall brain health. Many practitioners will offer a free consultation. If you live in Southern Colorado or Tennessee, you can meet with the friendly staff of Harmonized Brain Centers for a free consultation to determine your child’s needs.

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