Daydreaming. Not focused. Easily distracted. Short attention span.
These are some of the things I've realised about my soon to be 6-year-old at times when she's given a task. She would do a dozen other things other than the one that I've specifically asked her to do and many a time, I end up nagging at her for not being focused or for not having enough self-discipline. Even if I feel that it can be quite a common problem among kids of this age, it's not a surprise that sometimes I ask myself "How can I help my child to learn to focus better?"
The first time I heard about EEG Biofeedback (also known as Neurofeedback), you can say that I was hesitant, or even a little skeptical, about it. Firstly, I must tell you what it means because I had absolutely no idea initially. Electroencephalogram (EEG) is the recording of the brain's spontaneous electrical activity over a period of time. EEG Biofeedback uses real-time display of brain activity to train the brain to learn through self-regulation, which helps it to learn to function more efficiently.
What this means for my child
EEG Biofeedback most effectively helps children (aged 5-12) to firstly, train their brain to focus (depending on which region of the brain one wishes to work on, in this case it's the focus/attention region) when on a task and secondly, learn to relax when it is time for sleep in order to get quality rest - all without the use of medication. These result in the conditioning of the brain to be task-orientated, highly focused and more efficient in maximising the potential of the brain's performance.
In order to find out more about this program, I let Angel attend a brain profiling session which lasted for approximately an hour so we could experience how EEG Biofeedback actually works.
How it is measured
Electrodes are strategically placed on the earlobes or scalp to measure the brain's electrical flow, also known as the brain waves. The therapist will use a skin prep gel to gently cleanse the areas so as to get rid of any dead skin cells. Next, he will place the electrodes, or sensors, in place with the help of a conductive gel which is commonly used in hospitals. This whitish gel can be easily wiped off with a wet wipe at the end of the session. While this might all sound quite alarming, it actually did not hurt in the least and Angel was not affected by the presence of the electrodes.
In EEG Biofeedback, four types of waves are monitored - Delta, Theta, Beta and High Beta. When the child is engaged in an activity, the waves are converted into visual signals onto the screen which will then be measured in real-time.
Type of wave and what it measures
Delta - Sleepy / Tired
Theta - Dreamy
Beta - Focused / Active
Hi-Beta - Anxious / Stressed / Excited
I personally found it very interesting to see how my girl's different types of waves change as we switched activities or as time went by. In the first place, I never did know that your level of focus or your state of 'dreaminess' could be measured and conditioned.
How the session is conducted
Every session lasts for one hour and is divided into two parts - Active Training and Sleep Training.
In Active Training, the child will get to go through different types of activities such as playing games, watching video or reading. Sounds easy and normal? Well, not at all. In every activity, the child has to learn to focus so that the activity can proceed. For instance, Angel played a game where she had to control a chick to peck at the rice in a field, the moment she got distracted, the chick might refuse to peck at all. Based on the areas that need to be improved on, for instance in this case to increase Beta and Hi-Beta while decreasing Theta, the therapist will vary the thresholds of these brain waves which will change the level of game difficulty accordingly.
At the end of the Active Training session, a chart will be plotted and presented to the parent so that you can see clearly how your child's brain waves change during the different activities. The therapist will also explain to you on the significant of these results and how they can be act as benchmarks for specific areas of improvement.
For those of you who are interested in EEG Biofeedback and would like to find out more, or if you are keen to let your child go for a trial session before you decide if it's beneficial for him/her, GOOD NEWS! In conjunction with the official opening of EEG Biofeedback, A Happy Mum is now exclusively giving away complimentary 1-hour brain profiling sessions to FIVE readers!
Date: 11 August (Tue) to 16 August (Sun) 2015
Time: 2:30pm - 9pm (11-14 Aug), 9am - 9pm (15 & 16 Aug)
Venue: 221 Boon Lay Place, #02-172, Boon Lay Shopping Centre, Singapore 640221
(Located inside CMA Mental Arithmetic Centre)
Special Promotion: 50% off standard pricing
- 20-min* Preview: $9 (U.P. $18)
- 1-hour* Brain Profiling: $40 (U.P. $80)
*Approximate duration for these sessions
Contact: 6267 5185 (For appointments, please look for Ms Angie Neo)
Special for A Happy Mum readers!
During the official opening period, simply quote ahappymum30 when you make an appointment and you will be entitled to a special rate of S$30 for a brain profiling session.
To take part in the giveaway, leave a comment in this post with your name, email address and tell me what interests you about EEG Biofeedback. Indicate in the Rafflecopter widget that you have commented and to increase your chances of winning, you can choose to carry out the rest of the options.
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Terms and Conditions
1) This giveaway is open to all readers residing in Singapore only.
2) EEG Biofeedback is suited for children aged 5-12, participate only if you have a child within this age range and ensure you and your child can show up for a 1-hour brain profiling session.
3) Winners will be able to choose their preferred date/time during the official opening period (11-16 Aug). This will be based on availability and a first-come-first-serve basis.
4) All winners will be randomly chosen and notified by email. They will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.
5) This giveaway will end at 2359hrs on 31 July and results will be announced here and on A Happy Mum's Facebook page the following day.
Best of luck!
Disclosure: We received a complimentary brain profiling session for Angel in writing this review. All opinions are ours.