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Neurofeedback for ADHD

Catherine Pascoe

Nearly two thirds of children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), experience profound or severe restrictions characterised by patterns of inappropriate inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity (ABS, 1998; NH&MRC, 2009). Current treatment guidelines developed on behalf of the NH&MRC recommend an holistic approach to the treatment of ADHD that includes pharmacological and/or psychological interventions (NH&MRC, 2012).

Despite a lack of endorsement in the current Australian guidelines as an evidence based treatment for ADHD, many clinical practitioners using neurofeedback training as a treatment for ADHD in children have found significant improvements in their clients (Arns et al, 2009; Bakhshayes et al, 2011; Rossiter, 2004). The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of neurofeedback training for children with ADHD.

7th Annual ANSA Conference
Current Directions in Neuroplasticity
22-24 August 2014, Crown Plaza, Adelaide, South Australia
Visit ANSA at: www.appliedneuroscience.org.au

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Catherine Pascoe

Catherine Pascoe MAPS is a registered psychologist who currently works for the Northern Territory Government with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team. She completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Southern Queensland in 2013. Her supervised research project which contributed to the award of Master of Psychology focused on the efficacy of neurofeedback training for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Specifically this research investigated the efficacy of neurofeedback by analysing the electroencephalography data of the cortical activation of children diagnosed with ADHD who were undergoing neurofeedback training as a treatment for the disorder. 

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