As the weather warms and that wonderful “green” returns to the mountains and valleys of Pennsylvania, parents and kids alike begin to think “SUMMER”! And soon, when school bells chime to mark the end of the last day of class, children of all ages will stream from their respective buildings to face three months of ………..well……… who knows?
Parents are probably already planning for how their kids will spend their days and weeks until classes begin again in September. Camps, family vacations, playtime, sports, and a host of other activities will be considered and scheduled. There is loads of fun to be had over the summer! But, school bells will chime again in just a few short months, and kids will be back at their desks, learning math, English, science, and hosts of other subjects, studying, doing homework, taking tests and writing papers.
Let me pose a question to those of you who are parents….. Are there problems during the current school year? Is your child restless or inattentive? Does your child struggle to learn, and resist doing homework? Are there battles over grades, behavior, attitude? If you’re like many parents, you’ve been fighting this fight, and you’d like to see improvement in behavior, attitude, academics, and even athletics is some cases. You’ve tried everything you know, ranging from time-outs, reasoning, self-help books, tutoring, maybe even “bribery”, and in some cases, medication. Things are still tough. What to do differently for the coming school year?
As a psychologist who has worked with kids of all ages for decades, I would like to offer a suggestion, if you’re not getting the results you want from your efforts to help your child – a type of brain training called neurofeedback! And summertime is a perfect period to engage in neurofeedback training in preparation for the start of school again in September. ”Neurofeedback” is a research-based, cutting-edge approach to teaching self-regulation skills to kids and adults alike (Did you know that ADHD does not “go away” when children grow into adulthood?). Neurofeedback can help with significant problems that are threatening your child’s ability to stay in school, or more minor ones that create “tears and fears”, but still have your child still performing at an acceptable level. In either case, there is room for improvement.
Neurofeedback is fun for kids (they get to watch movies or play video games as part of the brain-training)!. Sessions are ½ hour long, two to three times per week in our office in Kingston, PA. Training is non-invasive and safe. For more information about neurofeedback, review the Neurofeedback Program brochure posted on this website. You can learn even more by going to www.isnr.org, and clicking on the “Visitors” section.
To schedule an appointment for a neurofeedback evaluation, just call 570.762.0636, and speak with Diane, our office manager. She can tell you more about neurofeedback, and get you and your child scheduled for an evaluation. Summer neurofeedback appointments fill up quickly, so call soon to reserve your child’s preferred testing and training times! Some insurance plans will pay for neurofeedback training, especially now that the American Academy of Pediatrics has listed neurofeedback as an effective ADHD treatment on a par with stimulant medication (though, of course, neurofeedback is drug-free). Neurofeedback will also help with any issues of dysregulation of behavior and emotions, even if there is not a diagnosis of ADHD.
Give your child greater opportunities for success at school this coming fall. Summer is time for fun, but it can also be a time for investment in your child’s future well-being and academic performance. The next school year is “just around the corner”.……….. together let’s make it a better one for you and for your child!