QEEG Testing and Treatment
Quantitative EEG (qEEG) is a technique used to digitally record electrical activity generated by the brain. This information is usually obtained using electrodes placed on the scalp with a conductive gel. There are millions of neurons in the brain, each of which generates small electrical fields; the aggregate of these electrical fields creates an electrical reading, which can be detected and recorded by electrodes on the scalp. This technique, which measures specific electrical activity in the cortex, is known to reflect the functional state of the brain—levels of cognitive engagement, cognitive processing, skill integration, recalling relevant information, and arousal regulation, to mention a few. In this sense qEEG is a natural window into the human brain: it gives objective results on how meditation affects the different functions in the brain of every individual. Based on numerous scientific studies in cognitive neuroscience, and advanced mathematical analysis of qEEG, it is now possible to quantify objectively mental aspects of performance, such as focus and attention, information-processing speed, stress regulation, emotions, and overall brain resources. (Andrew Fingelkurts and Alexander Finkelkurts
BM-Science, Brain and Mind Technologies Research Centre, Espoo, Finland Tarja Kallio-Tamminen
KalpaTaru, Kirkkonummi, Finland)
The QEEG results up-front will help you determine the type of treatment plan you choose for your child. Typically each child is different and will respond differently to various treatments, but you will at least understand the time and money involved in the process.
Dr. Collins says that asking for results is wise when considering neurotherapy or neurofeedback therapy for children with learning disabilities. Typically families see the child's "symptoms" subside within 20 to 40 sessions of neurotherapy or neurofeedback therapy, with treatments scheduled 1 to 2 times per week. Those "symptoms" could include temper tantrums, problems with homework, the ability to study or work independently, socialization issues, gaining and retaining friendships, integration of sensory information or difficulties responding to an adult's requests in a reasonable manner.