Neurotherapies Calming the Fear Driven Brain
Calo employs a full-time Board Certified Neurotherapist to deliver cutting edge neuro-interventions that’s goal is to help students’ brains learn to regulate more efficiently.
Quantitative Electroencephalograph (qEEG) provides a real-time brain image of the electrical brain that when reviewed in a normative database (Applied Neuroscience, Neuroguide [NG], normed for ages 2 months to 82 years) isolates instabilities and dysregulations, the origins of symptoms and behaviors. The results can determine symptoms related to complex developmental trauma, mood, attention, sleep, anxiety, and more.
With a therapist’s recommendation, a qEEG will be performed and then 3 months of treatment (or approximately 40 sessions) would follow, with another qEEG performed at the end of those sessions to see whether treatment should continue.
Neurofeedback (NFB) is a form of brain training that uses the reward system in the brain to initiate and practice self-regulation. NFB helps the brain change by stimulating the reward system which releases dopamine into the sub-cortical regions, informing the brain to re-wire, or change its behavior, to something that it enjoys or wants to promote. The result is an increase in the efficiency of neurological processing, i.e. sensory systems integrate, cognitive speed increases, and attention networks become flexible – all of which allows the traumatized brain to be more prepared for engaging relationship.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) BiofeedbackK
Traumatized bodies function in a state of chronic stress and HRV rhythms are irregular. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a type of biofeedback that teaches, through breathing, heart-lung coherence. When the lung influences the heart rate, we experience self-regulation. When we breathe in, we distribute oxygen to the body. When we breathe out, the heart rests and slows down. Through HRV we teach a child to produce coherent heart rhythms, impacting anxiety, depression, increased memory, pain and reactivity to stress.
Students in both Calo Teens and Calo Preteens may receive Neurotherapy Services. Therapist recommendation, parent approval, and treatment team considerations will determine the timing and availability for individual treatment.
These images show a before and after image after 40 sessions in Neurotherapies training. Any coloration is an indication of deviation from the norm and symptom severity. White is normal, or symptom reduction. Notice how the severity of the deviations decreases after the 40 sessions.
Raw EEG is divided into 5 different frequencies: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and High beta
Delta frequency is the slowest of the frequencies and is experienced in deep, dreamless sleep. When abnormal delta can cause sleep problems or may be an indication of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Theta brain waves, when normal, is where you experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight. At this frequency, you are conscious of your surroundings however your body is in deep relaxation.
When abnormal theta can be an indication of attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, or obsessive behavior.
Alpha is all about imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. The voice of Alpha is your intuition.
When abnormal alpha can be an indication of somatic anxiety, or an inability to relax.
Beta brain waves are important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness.
When abnormal beta can be the cause of rumination, worry, and anxiety.
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