Friday, November 16, 2012

Neurofeedback Update - Brain Map 3 Results Are In!!!

Holy moly (Finn's favorite saying - he laughs hysterically every time I say this)! 

Finn's brain has normalized!!!  I honestly don't even know what to say other than wow!!!!

After 21 neurofeedback and LENS treatments, Finn no longer has anything getting in the way of how his neurons communicate in his brain.  I don't even have words to describe what I am feeling. 

We have seen so many changes in Finn over the last couple of months.  He has gone from age 1 in development to at least age 2 and maybe 3 or 4 in some areas.  He is playing with his toys differently, he is communicating using short sentences, he is saying new words, singing songs and saying the Pledge.  He even rode his trike with no hands and told me he was "balancing."  He is interacting with his peers at school and has started to show more confidence there.

The behavior changes I have seen in Finn lately (the terrible twos) are caused by his brain basically going crazy right now.  He has neurons firing that were never firing.  He has parts of his brain that had no activity that have lots of activity and he doesn't know what to do with it. 

The doctor explained it like we just uncorked a champagne bottle.  It takes some time for the fizz to run out.  Once the fizz stops, we should see some improvements in his behavior, attention, etc. 

The hard part for me - the razor's edge of being a parent. How to be loving yet firm to help set boundaries.  I'm a softy, I will admit it. The kids laugh at my "stern mom" face.  I didn't know if Finn ever understood cause and effect and therefore let him pretty much get away with anything, but now I need to start being a little tougher.  Any suggestions would help! 

We will continue to do another 10 treatments.  Once those treatments are over, Finn will have another brain map done and we hope to see some of the areas of his brain settling down.  It could be that Finn will only need 30 treatments.  This is amazing especially given Finn's age.  Age 6 is typically the youngest they do so the fact that Finn is getting so much benefit out of the neurofeedback therapy is incredible.

More to come on this topic!

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