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At Shiloh, we believe that real success in improving central nervous system functions comes from using multiple, holistic, brain improvement modalities that facilitate and enhance each other.  This is why we apply Neurofeedback in combination with other modalities to improve cognition, reduce the symptoms of CNS disorders and enhance learning.

Our training programs at Shiloh Learning Centre are specifically designed to improve the central nervous system and the overall health of an individual by treating the body as a whole system with its individual parts working together as an integral unit.

In order to do this we employ the following holistic modalities in our training system:

  • Multiple types of neurofeedback (brain training) such as traditional neurofeedback, LENS - Low Energy Neurofeedback System and HEG - Hemoencepholography
  • Various tools designed to improve central nervous system functionality including:  Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE), Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and Microcurrent Electrotherapy (MET)  
  • Neurokinesis: an assortment of rich and varied sensory integration techniques.  This includes balance training and bilateral simulation to improve brain functions and gross and fine motor skills
  • Accelerated learning techniques from around the world
  • Specific nutritional recommendations
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Holistic lifestyle recommendations
  • Photonic (infrared) stimulation – Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT)

Shiloh Learning Centre is always searching for new or different cutting edge modalities that prove to be even more effective in improving the central nervous system.

Our clients’ ages and abilities range from early childhood to seniors and from cognitively impaired to gifted individuals. Our training system is readily adaptable to young or old and can be equally beneficial to different levels of intellect and ability.

For example, the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) which we use in our office has been successfully used on children as young as 18 months and on many seniors as well.

Likewise, the other training modalities we employ are very versatile and can be applied to most ages and levels of ability. So, no matter what a person’s age or ability (18 months or older) we can design a training plan to improve their cognition, reduce symptoms of central nervous system disorders, and work toward improving their overall mental and physical health.

We also offer special needs and regular academic tutoring at Shiloh Learning Centre in most academic subjects, using accelerated learning techniques for all grades K-12.

We highly recommend doing tutoring in conjunction with neurofeedback and sensory integration training because if they are both done properly and in the right sequences they can greatly enhance each other and improve brain functions.

However, they may be purchased separately if desired.

Benefits of Neurofeedback

 

The overall goals of Neurofeedback:

  • Significantly improve the functionality of the entire Central Nervous System;
  • Reduce or eliminate crippling symptoms of CNS disorders;
  • Increase the flexibility, clarity, focus and efficiency of the brain.

It accomplishes all this by using various scientific protocols to train the brain to discard its unhealthy patterns that can and do cause many devastating disorders.

Neurofeedback then retrains the brain to adopt new, healthier patterns that allow the brain to function much better, and the person to become more of who they really are.

Neurofeedback has the potential to benefit in the following areas:

  • Cognitive Functioning
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Concentration
  • Learning
  • Creativity
  • Reading
  • Organizing and sequencing
  • Motivation-initiating and completing activities
  • Motor Skills-coordination
  • Balance and grace
  • Recovery from paralysis
  • Mood Improvement-anxiety, depression, irritability and explosiveness
  • Sleep Regulation-improved night time sleep and increased daytime alertness
  • Brain Spiking-reduction in seizures and tic symptoms
  • Pain Management-reduction in migraines, fibromyalgia symptoms, restless leg syndrome and other body pains
  • Overall increase in energy, stamina and peak performance

It has been known to help many brain disorders such as:

  • TBI (traumatic brain injury)
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Emotional and behavioural disorders (EBD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Seizures
  • Tics
  • Migraines
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Impaired memory
  • Poor attention
  • Impaired focus
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain management
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stroke recovery
  • Substance abuse recovery
  • Other (CNS) central nervous system disorders

It also has been used to enhance the peak performance of very demanding vocations such as professional musicians and athletes.

It has been traditionally thought that our brains were fully molded and changed little after reaching adulthood. However, recent neuroscience studies indicate that the human brain is in a “plastic” state and can change with life experience and training such as neurofeedback. Specifically, the brain is capable of rerouting through its trillions of connections in order to learn new information and to bypass damaged or suppressed areas.

In addition, studies indicate that some parts of the brain can even grow new brain cells and their connecting axons and dendrites if sufficiently challenged.  Retraining and challenging the brain in most cases improves brain abnormalities such as over-arousal, under-arousal, and instability. The real cause of the above abnormalities is the brains inability to control and regulate itself.

Neurofeedback is an excellent way to restore brain regulation and minimize abnormalities. Neurofeedback is becoming more popular as a naturopathic, non-invasive, non pharmaceutical training method to restore optimal brain function.

Learn more about neurofeedback:

ADHD and Neurofeedback

Latest Research

 

  • For many people, Neurofeedback has only recently been “discovered” but it has been around for decades. Over the course of years, many research studies have been done that have proven its power in addressing a variety of disorders ranging from epilepsy to autism to migraines to ADD/ADHD.
  • A select short list of research about Neurofeedback
  • Below we’ve selected a combination of studies designed to give you a good feel for the field. If there’s a link, it is usually to an abstract or article or the full study.
  • 1)  EEG Institute’s Study of Neurofeedback for Addictions
  • The EEG Institute’s role in the growing body of research into Neurofeedback has focused mainly on the attention, learning, and behavior problems of children.
  • In the latter half of the nineties they were involved in the largest study of Neurofeedback for addictions, conducted at CRI-Help, a residential treatment center in North Hollywood. The results were stunningly favorable, showing that three-fourths of the participants were no longer abusing drugs or alcohol a year after treatment. This was three times better than the controls, who were getting the standard treatment.  More
  • 2)  Neurofeedback for Epilepsy and ADHD
  • Neurofeedback was initially discovered for the treatment of Epilepsy and from 1976 investigated further for the treatment of ADHD. This technique has become more popular by clinicians worldwide, and is currently provided for the treatment of several disorders. Critics have often questioned the efficacy of Neurofeedback and whether it can be considered an evidence based treatment or not.
  • In collaboration with researchers from Tubingen University (Germany), Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands), Brainclinics and EEG Resource Institute a so-called meta-analysis was conducted on all published research about Neurofeedback treatment in ADHD.  Based on this study, it could be concluded that Neurofeedback can indeed be considered an evidence based treatment for ADHD.   More
  • 3)  Critical Validation Studies of Neurofeedback
  • The field of Neurofeedback training has proceeded largely without validation. In this article the authors review studies directed at validating sensory motor rhythm, beta and alpha-theta protocols for improving attention, memory, and music performance in healthy participants.  More
  • 4)  Emerging Brain-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents: Overview and Clinical Perspective
  • Neuroscientists are discovering with the advanced technology of the fMRI what has been known and practiced for more than 30 years using the ‘‘poor man’s’’ form of neuroimaging: the electroencephalograph (EEG).
  • As this issue of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America makes clear, there is an ample body of extant research on EEG biofeedback (EBF).  Most of the EBF research has demonstrated what these three most recent fMRI studies have replicated using a more complex and sophisticated imaging technology.  The results indicate that we are able to use real-time information about brain function to alter and enhance that function.   More
  • 5)  Overview of Neurofeedback Mechanisms: Setting the Agenda for Research 
  • Application areas of Neurofeedback include in particular Attention Deficit Disorder, the Anxiety-Depression spectrum, seizures and addictions. We feature the key papers in the important application areas, as well as early papers that highlight emerging applications: the disruptive behavior disorders such as Oppositional-Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder; the Autism Spectrum and Asperger’s; Bipolar Disorder; Specific Learning Disabilities, including Dyslexia; sleep disorders; Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; women’s issues such as PMS and menopause; issues of aging such as Parkinsonism and dementia, and Age-Related Cognitive Decline; and, finally, pain syndromes such as migraine, as well as the management of chronic pain.  More
  • 6)  Neurofeedback Outcomes in Clients with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • This paper summarizes data from a review of Neurofeedback (NFB) training with 150 clients with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and 9 clients with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) seen over a 15 year period (1993-2008) in a clinical setting. The main objective was to investigate whether electroncephalographic (EEG) biofeedback, also called Neurofeedback (NFB), made a significant difference in clients diagnosed with AS.  More

What is Neurofeedback

 

Neurofeedback (Bio-Feedback or Brain Training) is an EEG/computer system that literally retrains the brain to function much better.

If you, a loved one, or someone under your care is suffering because their brain is not working properly, or because they are in pain, or overwhelmed with emotional issues, then you may be surprised or even amazed at the benefits of Neurofeedback!

Neurofeedback is a cutting edge technology and offers hope for many devastating brain disorders such as:

  • Brain injury;
  • Pain management;
  • Learning disabilities;
  • Mental disorders;
  • Substance abuse;
  • Other central nervous system disorders.

Neurofeedback is a brainwave system certified by the FDA that provides non-invasive feedback to the brain. This is achieved by using a computer program that reads records and analyzes brain waves (patterns) via small sensors placed on the scalp.

Neurofeedback is sort of like properly retiming an internal combustion engine whose cylinders are not firing at the proper time. When this occurs the engine loses power and can even be damaged because the cylinders are not working in harmony to turn the crankshaft and can actually work against each other.

Similarly, when brain cells are not firing properly and brain systems are not in harmony, the brain loses power and develops inefficient and damaging patterns. These faulty patterns can be locked in (suppressed) and become permanent, unless the brain is retrained to release these blockages and adopt new patterns so that it can function at maximum power and efficiency.

There is much about the human brain that is unknown and may never be known; but what we do know from valid and recent scientific research is that the brain can in many cases be improved with new life experiences and/or brain training such as Neurofeedback.

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is one of the most effective trauma therapies. We partner with Hard Knox Counselling who specialize in EMDR therapy. For more information go to the website http://hardknoxcounselling.com/– in Kelowna 

Additional Resources

 

We recommend four excellent books on neurofeedback:

  • Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins;
  • The Healing Power of Neurofeedback by Stephen Larsen;
  • ADD, The 20 Hour Solution by Dr. Mark Steinberg and Dr. Siegfried Othmer;
  • Biofeedback for the Brain, by Dr. Paul G. Swingle.