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American Academy Of Pediatrics Lists Biofeedback As A Level 2 Psychosocial Intervention For ADHD Symptoms

children engaged in neurofeedbackThe 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.

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4 Responses to American Academy Of Pediatrics Lists Biofeedback As A Level 2 Psychosocial Intervention For ADHD Symptoms

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    Alan Fisher, Ph.D. July 18, 2010 at 10:12 AM #

    clarifying “biofeedback” is very important. I recommend bmedreport (aka Chris Fisher) contact ISNR. Then ISNR could contact the American Pediatric Society.

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      Christopher Fisher, M.A. July 19, 2010 at 10:16 AM #

      I agree that it is very important to know which specific form(s) of biofeedback for ADHD are recommended. I am going to try to contact PracticeWise Evidence-Based Services since they provided the original recommendations for biofeedback.

      I’ll report back here with what I find out.


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    Christopher Fisher, M.A. July 21, 2010 at 10:33 AM #

    As promised, I followed with this story and uncovered that these recommendations do not apply to neurofeedback. The full story is here:

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    ADHD Symptoms November 14, 2011 at 6:09 AM #

    One of the most commonly studied and diagnosed development disorder is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or more popularly known as ADHD or ADD. In fact, an estimated three to five percent of children in the globe are affected. The frequency of the disorder, however, has led to numerous studies and literature on the subject matter. Learning more about ADHD symptoms is critical for early diagnosis and immediate management.

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