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#1 of 2 Old 01-06-2013, 09:48 AM - Thread Starter
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My ds, now 10, has been having some learning difficulties - for a while now...I will make this a short story: first I thought he would eventually catch up with his peers and kind of hoping that he is fine. It got to the point that I needed to do something about it, a bit at loss in the beginning (still...) took him to optometrist, audiologist, speech therapist...all results good. Then to a vision therapist that assessed him and said that his brain does not process information properly. So DS had 12 sessions with him which brought some good results but the process requires a lot more work done at home which at this point we cannot do.

Anyway...I just came across some information on Neuro feedback and am considering the approach. Can anyone share experience with it? Also have been thinking about hypnosis!? Many thanks!

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Hi Nicema, 

From a professional standpoint, I currently work as a neurofeedback tech. In our office in Georgia we see various learning difficulties pretty regularly and I don't think I've personally worked with anyone who wasn't helped to some degree. From a personal standpoint all of my experience with it relates to mood disorder (a family member, not myself, and something severe) so not too relevant here. I would suggest you look for BCIA certified providers (BCIA website should be helpful, or ask local practitioners if they have this certification) in your area and ask them questions about their experience with learning difficulties, or visual processing problems, in an e-mail or, if they offer them free, an initial consult. I know our office does "meet and greets" for which there is no charge and I imagine others may have something similar.  As a mom who fairly regularly explores (at least by research) outside of mainstream treatment approaches, I'll add that neurofeedback does not seem to have any major risks associated with it, particularly when practiced by a properly trained professional. My experience says it is worth exploring, but it may be a little pricey up front since many providers do not work with insurance and it can be difficult to get reimbursement from your insurance company. Good luck no matter what solution you find! 

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