Stone Mountain Center has worked with Children for many years. Our center feels homey and friendly for most kids from a year or two old, to teenagers. There are stuffed animals and comic books in the waiting room. In Dr. Larsen’s office are hundreds of sandplay figures and a sandbox for sandplay therapy.
Sometimes children are invited to play, or to “build a world” while parents are doing the intake interview–so the kids don’t feel like they are “exhibit A”. Children are warmly encouraged to participate in the therapeutic process by self-observation, talking about their own energy, their sleep and dreaming, their own difficulties and successes in completing tasks, or whether they feel creative or not. (It is almost guaranteed that if children like the therapeutic setting, the outcomes of the therapy are better, and it is less effortful to get them there.)
You can read about some of the cases Dr. Larsen has treated in the chapter on Children in his Healing Power of Neurofeedback. Other cases are found in this website under different problem areas such as Autism or ADD. (We mention again that we do not treat diagnoses, only people. We do not join those who define kids by a diagnosis, so that it sticks to them or follows them through life).
Our files are full of unsolicited reports from teachers, tutors, special-ed bus drivers, or relatives. These reports often confirm parental observations, or what we see in the office. In general, with the LENs treatment we see children become more attentive, flexible, amenable to instruction. They sleep better and are less reactive, often less oppositional or defiant. In some cases developmental milestones are recovered in an orderly sequence.
Depending on a child or teenager’s problem, a variety of therapies might be applied. The LENS is easy for children of any age, and we have treated children with problems as young as six months of age (pervasive developmental delays or cerebral palsy), because it is essentially passive, and no performance tasks are required (as in conventional neurofeedback or biofeedback.) The younger the child, usually the more natural and quick the response.
Younger children may benefit from a complementary therapy like sandplay; older ones do HeartMath, a marvellous technique involving breath control, relaxation and intelligence that has demonstrated efficacy for children and teenagers with anxiety and attentional problems. (See The HeartMath Connection or HeartMath.com or HeartMath.org for controlled research on why this method works as well as it does for problems of mood and attention.) We also use The Interactive Metronome to help kids with timing and sequencing problems and non-verbal learning disorders. Interactive metronome can help diagnose problems in brain processing and sequencing, and measures reaction times to thousandths of a second.
What we see here is the trajectory of improvement in a resilient young woman with lots of reseources, and a good family environment. We can’t always guarantee that treatment will be this straightforward and easy, but sometimes it is..