The American Academy Of Pediatrics recently published the summer edition of “Evidence-Based Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions” – a guide to help clinicians and parents select treatments based on available research. Biofeedback received a “Level 2” classification as a psychosocial intervention for the core behavioral symptoms commonly associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Check the end of this report for a link to download the original psychosocial intervention guide.
The recommendations are published for the period of April 2010 to September 2010 using the PracticeWise Evidence-Based Services (PWEBS) Database.
The PWEBS rates psychosocial treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), assertiveness training, family therapy, and exercise, for numerous pediatric disorders based on a classification scheme that ranges from Level 1 (“Best Support”) to Level 5 (“No Support”). A Level 2 classification for biofeedback means “Good Support.”
There is debate in professional circles as to what “biofeedback” actually means since there are many different forms of biofeedback, such as EEG, EMG, and HRV. Given the increased positive outcomes of neurofeedback for ADHD reported in published research, EEG-biofeedback, or “neurofeedback,” is the likely primary contributor to the Level 2 classification; however, this cannot be confirmed at the present time.
Visit The American Academy Of Pediatrics to download the Evidence-Based Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions.