Frequently Asked Questions:
Neurofeedback – Re-Boot™ Program – Skills Groups
What is neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a form of brain training based on the scientific research of neuroplasticity which shows that our brains continue to adapt and learn throughout their lives. By pairing the concept of neuroplasticity with technology, we can use specially designed equipment to read our brain waves and allow cognitive skills the opportunity to be trainable. Through a series of structured training sessions with deliberate and consistent practice, individuals can learn to increase their ability to focus and concentrate by learning how to recognize their level of attention or inattention. As this skill is repeated and trained, individuals learn how to focus their attention.
How does it work?
We use a non-clinical form of neurofeedback which uses new brainwave technology contained in a small unobtrusive armband. The armband serves as a physiological monitor to register specific brain signals indicative of a state of attention and active processing (thinking). The armband is purely a monitor and does not emit any signals, waves, or otherwise. It is non-invasive, nothing is required to be worn on the head, and no paste or gels are required.
What is the goal of neurofeedback?
We use neurofeedback to train attention and other supporting cognitive processes as skills. There are several types of neuro- and bio- feedback systems using a clinical form of neurofeedback which is based on the premise of regulating “dysregulated” brain waves to “normal” patterns. The system we chose uses a non-clinical form of neurofeedback which is used to make attention a teachable skill that anyone can benefit from. It transforms the abstract concept of attention into a visible representation using a visible indicator bar on the screen to provide immediate feedback. In this way, attention can be trained through deliberate practice with observable performance based outcomes that transfer to real-life use.
How is neurofeedback used in the Re-Boot™ program?
The Re-Boot™ program uses neurofeedback as an integral component to improve attention, associated cognitive processes (such as working memory), and mental control associated with behavior. In addition to the independent benefits of the neurofeedback training, these skills additionally provide a basis for an increased ability to improve behavior and life skills using targeted skills coaching and parental training. Neurofeedback, skills coaching, and parental training combined provide a powerful three-part approach to improve cognitive and behavioral skills in a targeted selection of relevant topics.
What happens during the neurofeedback session?
The participant will be seated at a laptop and the armband (brain wave monitor) will be secured around the upper arm, forearm, or leg, with velcro straps ensuring each of the three sensors have contact with skin surface. The armband communicates wirelessly to the laptop and the neurofeedback software. The participant trains using a variety of computer games from the neurofeedback software which focus on specific cognitive skills. During training, the armband monitors brain waves and provides immediate feedback on the level of attention and focus by a status bar viewable directly on the laptop screen. The games are run in 2-5 minute increments with breaks in between.
When participating in neurofeedback itself or as part of a Re-Boot™ program, how should I prepare?
We recommend that every participant, whether adult or child, come prepared and ready to fully engage in activities. Being prepared includes having eaten a healthy meal prior to arrival, being well hydrated, and wearing comfortable clothes. Optionally, it is an excellent idea to bring a water bottle and a healthy snack to refresh during breaks. The best results are achieved when participants come prepared, eager to learn, engaged, and ready to have fun with their peers.
What is the purpose of skills coaching?
We use group skills coaching to train the ability to effectively cope and manage the symptoms of ADHD. We teach targeted skills on topics specific to ADHD by using a wide variety of research validated training methods. We teach these skills using core program tenets, including: increasing personal responsibility, empowering students to advocate for themselves, becoming self-aware of their behaviors, personal accountability for their behaviors, owning the outcomes of their behavior, collaborating with others, and developing critical thinking skills.
What topics will be covered in the skills group?
Our skills group is comprised of 12 units targeted to address topics of particular need for individuals with ADHD and their families. Topics include: emotional awareness, emotion and impulse control, mindfulness and relaxation training, anger management, conflict resolution, stress management, organization, time management, responsibility, learning style, communication style, and real world application.
How are the skills groups formatted?
Each week of the program focuses on a specific unit topic. The skills groups teach program expectations and group activities to teach skills using a variety of musical, artistic, and kinesthetic methods specifically designed to assist them in developing skills and applying these to real life situations. There are also weekly, unit specific homework activities designed to provide highly relevant ways to practice the skills learned at home. In other words, it will provide a hands on, age appropriate means for your child to address the unit topics that will be both educational and enjoyable.
How much does the program cost and are their options?
There are a variety of ways to customize the Re-Boot™ experience to best accommodate your specific family needs, including several program and payment options. When you speak with one of our intake staff members, we will discuss all program options, available services, and payment options available to custom tailor to your family/child’s need. We feel strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in this program and do not want cost to become a barrier to attaining services. In addition to custom options, there are often promotional offers and/or discounts available. Ask an intake specialist for more info!
Is there a discount available if I enroll more than one child?
Yes, the Re-Boot™ program offers a discount for enrolling more than one child.
Will there be extra costs for additional program materials or is the program all-inclusive?
Our Re-Boot™ program is all-inclusive and provides all necessary materials for your child.
Would my child(ren) be able to participate in the camp if he or she has not been formally diagnosed?
Yes. Your child does not need to be formally diagnosed prior to participation. Our intake specialists will review all relevant factors of your child’s history to determine if the Re-Boot™ program can benefit them. If rare situations affecting a child which may warrant a correct diagnosis, we may recommend having the child undergo an evaluation for ADHD. Typically, however, the groups will benefit most children.
Should my child take their medication(s) for ADHD the day of the session? Should I give my child the second dose (afternoon dose) of ADHD medication before we get there?
All medications should continue to be taken as prescribed by the physician.
What would a typical Saturday schedule entail for my child? Booster session schedule?
In a typical Saturday bootcamp session, the kids participate in two hours of alternating modules of skill based training and neurofeedback. Parents will participate in the introduction warm-up for the first 15 min. of the Saturday sessions to review last week’s module and homework. After the introduction is complete, parents can either remain on-site in the lobby or return at the end of the session for closing and pick-up. The 45 minute mid-week booster session includes a group for both the parents and the kids. The sessions are run in separate groups in most cases; however, they are run simultaneously so everyone is working at the same time. The parents/caregivers training will parallel the training topics their kids are learning. The kids, meanwhile, are continuing their training with a neurofeedback session and a skills unit.
How many children are in the group that my child would participate in?
On average, a child’s group will be between 3 – 5 children. Kids will be grouped together based on age and developmental level.