Neurofeedback training is a learning process and results occur over time. Improvements in many conditions can be seen in ten sessions, though permanent changes take longer. It may not always be possible to predict how successful training may be for every individual, but a reasonable expectation of results can usually be seen early in the course of training. Initially sessions need to be regular and frequent with a minimum of two sessions a week. As the brain re-regulates to healthy patterns of brainwave activity, the frequency of the sessions can then be decreased. Many symptoms are "permanently" reduced by 30-40 sessions. However, developmental disorders such as Autism may require many more than the standard protocol due to the complexity of issues being dealt with. The amount of time depends on the type of problem, consistency of training, presence of medication in one's system and especially how well other areas of one's life are managed in terms of nutrition, activity level (ex: frequent computer and TV usage; lack of exercise) and sleep routines.
The formation of new neurons and connectors in the brain typically requires at least two months to begin to develop. Neurofeedback changes existing patterns while encouraging the development of new neuronal connections. This is why changes can be seen after a few sessions but may take longer to become permanent.
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