Follow-up study of learning-disabled children treated with neurofeedback or placebo.

1: Clin EEG Neurosci. 2006 Jul;37(3):198-203.

Becerra JFernandez THarmony TCaballero MIGarcia FFernandez-Bouzas ASantiago-Rodriguez EPrado-Alcala RA.

Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico.

This report is a 2-year follow-up to a previous study describing positive behavioral changes and a spurt of EEG maturation with theta/alpha neurofeedback (NFB) training in a group of Learning Disabled (LD) children. In a control paired group, treated with placebo, behavioral changes were not observed and the smaller maturational EEG changes observed were easily explained by increased age. Two years later, the EEG maturational lag in Control Group children increased, reaching abnormally high theta Relative Power values; the absence of positive behavioral changes continued and the neurological diagnosis remained LD. In contrast, after 2 years EEG maturation did continue in children who belonged to the Experimental Group with previous neurofeedback training; this was accompanied by positive behavioral changes, which were reflected in remission of LD symptoms.

PMID: 16929704 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]