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  • Hi,

    I am looking for reviews from parents whose kids did neurofeedback and if possible a review specifically for anxiety treatment. I am also looking for recommendations for Neurofeedback providers for pre-teens. 

    Also, did the neurofeedback help? How much did it help?  What issues did it help with?

    What kind of neurofeedback was it? There seems to be a lot and it's confusing.

    What kind of therapy or treatments helped besides medication?

    We are trying to find the providers for CBT As well( from Walnut creek to san jose on east bay & tri-valley area and also oakland) Did CBT help your kid? Did you try at home computer based CBT and how helpful was it?


    Overwhelmed Mom

    I know little about Neurofeedback for kids, but my son sees a great pediatrician/acupuncturist (she is certified in both) at UCSF in Oakland that incorporates Chinese Medicine with Western medicine for things like ADHD. Not sure if it would be helpful for your son, but it might be helpful to chat with her about this hybrid approach. You can learn more about her here:

    There are also some great meditation books for kids that can help them manage anxiety, including Puppy Mind by Andrew Nance ( 

    I know that sometimes the natural options are not enough, but I hope these resources are helpful.  

    I know the feeling of being overwhelmed as a parent with a child that may need medication.  If I can support you in any way, please feel free to reach out.



    My children have used neurofeedback for several years with really great benefits. We purchased our own system after what it did for our son. Both of our kids find it very helpful for anxiety. Particularly when going back to school after being off for so long and away from kids. They were feeling anxious about going back. When my son was much younger it helped him with sensory issues, emotional self regulation, behavior, focus, school and confidence in sports. Without neurofeedback he probably would've needed meds because it was such a challenge for him. I literally still pinch myself because it has helped him so much. He is such an easy teenager and gets straight A's. I used to have to struggle to get him to focus on homework and after neurofeedback he would get his work done on his own without any prodding or watching over him. I don't know what our lives would be like without it. 

    My daughter struggled with being very introverted and shy. She really came out of her shell after neurofeedback. Her teacher also commented on how her reading and writing just took off. She was only in 1st grade when we started. Now she uses it for focus when she has a project and also to prep to feel more calm, reduced anxiety and more focused for big dance competitions.

    We use NeurOptimal neurofeedback. It is amazing for the whole family. You can rent a system or see someone locally for sessions. It is totally safe and non-invasive. We did a lot of research on different types.

    I would recommend Super Brain Neurofeedback. Carleigh Rochon specializes in working with kids and teens. She is super knowledgable and really great with kids! 

    Sorry I don't have any recs for CBT

    We did a neuro developmental assessment a few years ago for my child and while it seemed very thorough, it felt as if they didn't see the challenges or issues that we (and teachers) did. The assessment consisted of a series of specialists who did tested cognitive, speech, all one-on-one with my child and a parent interview. They also did an ADOS, which is used to screen for Autism. After seeing the assessment report, we felt that it didn't pick-up on any of the areas we were concerned about. Their assessment was there might be some anxiety, some giftedness, but nothing hugely concerning. It was frustrating, expensive and left us feeling confused as to what to do to help our child. Now that it's a few years later, we're clearly seeing anxiety and other difficult issues. If we had gone to different provider for the assessment, I don't know if the results would have been different. It's hard to say if the issues simply weren't manifesting as clearly, if they would not have shown up on this type of testing or the assessment wasn't done well. Now that we have a clearer idea of the issues my child is struggling with, we are back to getting a neuro developmental assessment because we're still having difficulty supporting him and feeling like the earlier assessment we did wasn't thorough. 

    Ideally, a neuro developmental assessment should be able to screen for things like, ADHD, cognitive disorders, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech disorders, dyslexia, etc. and provide direction as to how to support your child (which therapists to look for). These are done by neuro psychologists or Ph.Ds, I believe, and focus more on behavioral and learning styles. Then there's a developmental pediatricians, who are medical doctor (MDs) that focus more on developmental disorders. This is probably a huge over-simplification as I'm sure there is overlap and much more nuance, too. 

    It's overwhelming - learning about the different types of therapies and avenues to find support - I'm still learning as I go, too. 

    This is a public list of providers for CBT therapists for OCD and Anxiety.  We just started CBT virtually and it's been difficult, but that doesn't mean it will be for you and your child. Hang in there, and feel free to message me, I'm happy to share any resources/referrals that I've come across. 

    My teen daughter did Neuro and it was very helpful for anxiety and emotional dysregulation. She did dynamical that automatically adjusts while using it. It is relaxing and you just listen to music and watch a screen. We did id at Bay Area Brain Spa in Albany on Solano. It helped to calm her and relax her. What it didnt do was affect her moods related to hormonal cycles. The prices are fairly reasonable and they have monthly plans. She did it about 3 months and will go back for a “tune up” as needed

  • We are getting rather desperate with our son, his impulsivity, quick temper, forgetfulness, inattention - the usual stuff.  I just came across an article on some computer programs which are similar to home neurofeedback - "Play Attention" and "Wild Divine" are two that come up. 

    Has any one tried these and are they useful?  Also if you bought, how did you buy them and what exactly did you buy?  Both seem to have confusing packages and I am not sure.  Play Attention website doesn't even list the price anywhere that I can see, which makes it seem like an expensive scam so I am hesitant to call and get caught up in a heavy sales pitch.

    Or is there a different program worth a try?  I don't need guarantees, I would just like to give it a shot if it has any chance of helping him feel more in control of his emotions.


    My teen son has ADHD. People with ADHD have lower levels of dopamine which makes them physically unable to respond to stimuli as quickly as those without ADHD.  ADHD is a physical impairment, not a cognitive or emotional impairment. Computer programs, neurofeedback, therapy, diets, etc. do nothing to change this.  Yes, of course they are a waste of money, and they will also make your son feel like he is once again failing when he doesn't show improvement from an expensive program. Why put him through that?  If he really has ADHD, then the only treatment that really works, and has been used successfully since the 1940's, is the one that addresses the chemistry problem, namely ADD meds like ritalin. 

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Neurofeedback training for ADD

June 2010

I would love to hear from anyone who has any experience with neurofeedback training for children with learning difficulties. My son is a 4th grader with inattentive type ADD. Searching online, I found the Attention & Achievement Center (4 bay area locations) as well as a handful of independent practictioners. Please share any experiences you may have as to the efficacy of the therapy itself as well as any reviews of local practitioners. I also would like to find out how much it costs (and do costs vary much among providers). Heidi

I had a bad experience with Attention & Achievement Center. They saw that I was desperate, said what I wanted to hear, and took my money. The results: they had an unexperienced, revolving staff perform the neurofeedback on my son. The whole experience was frustrating and a waste of time and money.

I'm not saying that neurofeedback does not work. It does but it's finding the right practitioner. Susan Snyder, PhD does neurofeedback but I don't know if she works with children. Her contact number is 925-388-2001.

There is no easy answer. It takes a lot of work and any one who makes outrageous promises - beware! Anon