CSUSB Hosts Open House On Ground-Breaking Technique That Challenges The Brain To Function Better

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – Neurofeedback, a ground-breaking, non-invasive technique that can reduce or eliminate symptoms of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and other conditions, will be the focus of an open house at Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The Institute for Research, Assessment and Professional Development in the university’s College of Education will open its doors to the public on the use of neurofeedback, also known as cognitive rehabilitation, a powerful brain-based technique that has been successfully helping clients around the world for more than 30 years with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms.

The open house will be from 4-7 p.m. in Room 120 in the university’s College of Education, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking is free at Lot G.

Participants will have the opportunity to try out neurofeedback, said Connie McReynolds, a licensed psychologist and the director of the institute. McReynolds, who is a professor of rehabilitation counseling, established the neurofeedback service in 2011.

“Neurofeedback works by training the brain to function at its maximum potential, which is similar to the way the body is exercised, toned and maintained,” said McReynolds. “The technology is safe and effective for children and adults, ages 5 to 95. Users will be able to train their attention, decrease anxiety or depression, alleviate chronic pain and lessen behaviors that interfere with living your best life.”

The effectiveness of neurofeedback for adults and children with a wide variety of symptoms has been repeatedly confirmed in numerous research studies, McReynolds said. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the efficacy of neurofeedback in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder raising it to a Level 1-Best Support.

Concentration, attention, and memory show significant improvement with neurofeedback. The treatment has wide appeal to students, university employees, faculty and the community at large, McReynolds said.

Some of the institute’s success stories include:

·      Sonya, 12, was diagnosed with ADHD and was easily distracted at school, she did not test well, was hyperactive, unable to focus.  After neurofeedback, she began earning all A’s and B’s, a departure from her former low grades.  Now she is able to focus and complete her homework successfully earning placement on the honor roll at school.  Ending assessment results revealed she no longer had a working diagnosis of ADHD.

·      Kyle, 20, was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome.  His social interaction skills were lacking, making it difficult for him to prompt a conversation. After neurofeedback, the employer called Kyle’s mother to ask what had changed with her son. The employer said, “I have seen a 100 percent difference in his behavior and demeanor.”

·      Stephanie, 54, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.  She had suffered from anxiety and depression since the age of 15. Her obsessive thinking would become overwhelming and interfere with her daily activities. After neurofeedback, she reported she was better able to handle stressful situations. She also reported that friends and family members were telling her that she no longer seemed “so stressed out and angry.”

·      Maxwell, 62 and an Air Force veteran, was diagnosed with ADHD.  He was unable to focus on tasks at hand. He said his lack of focus, along with the ADHD symptoms, made it difficult for him to concentrate long enough to read or write. After neurofeedback, Maxwell says he has much less anxiety and he’s much more productive. “I just got my license back (I kept putting it off) and there’s a variety of other long-term goals that I’ve been able to complete because of neurofeedback.” Maxwell encourages veterans suffering from PTSD to get neurofeedback services stating he believes “neurofeedback can help them get to a better place so they can get back on their feet faster.”

“The institute’s trained clinicians have been able to help individuals make significant progress in enhancing their academic achievement, attention, concentration, memory, as well as reducing symptoms of limiting conditions,” McReynolds said. “Neurofeedback is also used to enhance peak performance in a variety of situations such as sports performance and work performance.”

For more information on the open house and the CSUSB Institute for Research, Assessment and Professional Development, contact Connie McReynolds at (909) 537-5453 or email cmcreyno@csusb.edu or visit the Institute for Research, Assessment and Professional Development website at neurofeedback.csusb.edu.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.

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