Neurofeedback, ADHD and mental handicap.

Proposal details

Title: A Neurofeedback Pilot study, Subjective experience in residential adolescents with ADHD and a mental handicap.
Research Area(s): ADHD and Allied Conditions
Background: Neurofeedback has been found effective in the treatment of children with ADHD. In children with a mental handicap, ADHD also occurs. Little is known about possible effects of neurofeedback in this group. In particular the residential group of these children are vulnerable participants in society. Innovative treatment like neurofeedback may lead to lasting improvement in their complaints.
Aims: Goal of this study is to assess the usability of neurofeedback in minor mentally handicapped residential adolescents in the age range from 9 to 16 years. Research questions are: Does the subjective experience of these adolescents regarding their situation change after neurofeedback? What does the qEEG of these adolescents look like before neurofeedback treatment, compared to a norm group? Does the qEEG of these adolescents normalize after neurofeedbacl treatment? Do attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity improve in these adolescents after neurofeedback treatment?
Method: 10 residential adolescents with a mental handicap, and ADHD, without medication, age between 9 and 16 yrs have already been collected, and matched controls will be used from the BRAINnet database. 10 N=1 designs with repeated measures before during, after treatment and at follow-up after 6 months. Measures: neurophysiological assessments (BRID), neuropsychological assessments (ANT -SA Dots and Shifting Attentional Set; Bourdon Vos-sustained attention), questionnaires concerning subjective experience. 30 sessions of neurofeedback; 30 minutes each, three protocols; evaluation every 10 sessions.