Treating Learning Disabilities with LENS Neurofeedback
Clinicians at Echo Rock Neurotherapy have developed a successful integrative-medicine approach for treating learning disabilities by blending LENS Neurofeedback sessions, brain supplements, and mindfulness training. This program is safe, effective and medication free for those of all ages
What are Learning Disabilities?
Learning disability is a classification that includes several areas of functioning in which an adult or child has difficulty learning in a typical manner. This is usually caused by an unknown factor or factors. Some people can be more accurately described as having a “Learning Difference”, thus avoiding any misconception of being disabled with a lack of ability to learn and possible negative stereotyping. The term “learning disability” generally refers to an intellectual disability, while difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia are usually referred to as “learning difficulties”.
While learning disability, learning disorder, and learning difficulty are often used interchangeably, they differ in many ways.
• Learning disorder refers to significant learning problems in an academic area. These problems, however, are not enough to warrant an official diagnosis.
• Learning disability, on the other hand, is an official clinical diagnosis, whereby the individual meets certain criteria, as determined by a professional (psychologist, pediatrician, etc.).
The difference is in degree, frequency, and intensity of symptoms: “Learning disorder” is used to describes a group of disorders characterized by inadequate development of specific academic, language, and speech skills include reading (dyslexia), mathematics (dyscalculia) and writing (dysgraphia).
Life-long Learning Potential
“Under treatment I have watched people finishing dissertations, writing books, screenplays, music, poetry. Dreams and the imagination seem to be enhanced along with a general flow of good energy. People become more, well, like themselves.”
—Dr. Steve Larsen
On Enhancement of Personal Interests
“I cannot pretend to be immensely accomplished in any one field, the one advantage I have is that I throw myself into a lot of different areas of learning, with a “beginner’s mind” and a background of intense psychological and psychophysical self-observation. (Also I have been privileged to coach other people who were ‘at the top of their game.’ ). My own areas of interest are the martial arts (2nd degree black belt in Shoto-Kan karate), downhill skiing, technical rock climbing, flying trapeze (after the age of 60), classical and jazz piano, tabla, sleight of hand magic, choral singing, poetry writing, storytelling, along with memorization and public performances, with my wife, Robin. What I have noticed in each of these areas (requiring somewhat different subsets of skills), is that the LENS has facilitated almost everything.”
—Dr. Steve Larsen
Relationship to Self Actualization
“Optimal performance usually is thought of in the realm of athletics and the performing arts. Self Actualization is a more sedate, perhaps even lifelong process of harnessing one’s inner potentials, and unfolding creatively according to one’s own unique formula. Maslow’s concept of Self Actualization is not so different from Jung’s concept of Individuation, evolving along the unique path intrinsic to one’s being and selfhood.”
—Dr. Steve Larsen
Relevant and Interesting work
As British researcher, Dr. John Gruzelier’s work has shown – in published, controlled studies, neurofeedback can beneficially affect both concentration (beta training), and empathic communication (theta training) in conservatory-based classical musicians.
Dr. Gruzelier in his own words: “The LENS work seems to offer similar bi-modal improvements–that is, allowing for both sharper concentration and the emotional communication, by opening flexibility portals both to high and low frequency brain activity as the situation requires.”
Time Tested Results
Since 1986, we have monitored our patients’ progress carefully, and continue to improve our treatment options. We look forward to helping you on your path to recovery, using the best of ancient wisdom and contemporary science.