A neurofeedback session lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. During the session, a fitted cap with sensors is placed on your head; the sensors connect to the neurofeedback machine (the machine only measures the electricity that is already on your scalp; there is no zapping!) . You will relax in a chair, put your feet up, and play a video game or watch a movie. You will be in control of the game or movie playing by reaching goals set by the neurotherapist that retrain particular parts of your brain. This will teach you how to lessen (and possibly eliminate) your bothersome symptoms. Neurofeedback is brain retraining, whereby "back roads" in your brain are strengthened to "information highways".
Quantitative EEG (qEEG) Brain Mapping
Brain Mapping is used to better understand which parts of your brain are overstimulated, understimulated, or perfectly stimulated (are in balance). From there, a neurotherapist will decide which therapeutic protocol is most appropriate to reduce bothersome symptoms. Brain Mapping involves wearing a fitted cap on your head and completing short bursts of a task while EEG readings are recorded. Again, this is noninvasive and should not produce any discomfort.
Progress monitoring, along with pre- and post-therapy testing, is achieved by completing certain social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and/or attention measures. These are non-invasive and are usually completed on the computer. The results are additional data to help determine whether therapy is correctly focused or if a change is needed.