Could neurofeedback aid ADHD treatment?

BEFORE he began neurofeedback therapy, it took 30mg of daily Ritalin to control ‘Kenny’, a 10-year-old boy with severe ADHD. Although this dose was enough to get him through the school day, at home he hit out and kicked so aggressively that his mother wore shin guards and regularly called the police for help.

After about 40 neurofeedback sessions however, Kenny’s aggression ceased. By 12 months and 80 sessions later, Kenny had become cooperative and motivated; and his medication could be decreased to 7.5mg twice-weekly, says Melbourne-based neuropsychologist, Dr Moshe Perl (PhD). 

“My goal is not necessarily for people to get off medication. It’s to get them to function effectively,” says Dr Perl, who runs regular training sessions in the technique. 

During neurofeedback the brain’s electrical activity is measured to see whether it is in “normal bounds.” If it is not, patients receive