There are several world-recognized Neurofeedback protocols that are used for the therapy of ADHD. These protocols are typically based on the individual’s QEEG assessment results and tailored to their specific needs.
Below are listed some of the most common Neurofeedback protocols used for ADHD therapy:
- Theta/Beta Training: This protocol involves training the individual to decrease theta waves (4-8 Hz) and increase beta waves (12-20 Hz) in order to improve attention and reduce hyperactivity.
- SMR Training: SMR (Sensorimotor Rhythm) training involves increasing the amplitude of SMR waves (12-15 Hz) in order to improve attention, focus, and reduce hyperactivity.
- SCP Training: SCP (Slow Cortical Potential) training involves increasing or decreasing the amplitude of slow cortical potential waves (0.5-3 Hz) in order to improve attention and reduce hyperactivity.
- Alpha-Theta Training: This protocol involves training the individual to increase alpha waves (8-12 Hz) and decrease theta waves (4-8 Hz) to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety and depression, which can be comorbid conditions in individuals with ADHD.
Another Neurofeedback protocol that has been used for ADHD is Infra-Low Frequency Neurofeedback (ILF-NF). It targets the slowest frequencies in the brain (less than 0.5 Hz) and has been shown to improve attention, executive function, and reduce hyperactivity in individuals with ADHD. ILF-NF is considered to be one of treatment option for ADHD, as it can address the root cause of ADHD symptoms by targeting the thalamocortical dysrhythmia that is often present in ADHD population. However, further research is required to fully understand the effectiveness of this approach for ADHD and its potential as treatment option.
Remember that all these protocols are not a one-size-fits-all approach and that the specific protocol used for ADHD patient will depend on their QEEG assessment results. So, a personalized treatment plan based on the individual’s QEEG assessment is needed for the successful therapy.