Association for Behavior Analysis International

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36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Workshop #W33
CE Offered: BACB
The Operant Origins of EEG Neurofeedback and How to Use It With Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Friday, May 28, 2010
2:00 PM–5:00 PM
Seguin (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CBM; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Ania Young, M.S.
LYNDA KIRK (Austin Biofeedback & EEG Neurotherapy Center), TERESA BALAWEJDER (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services)
Description: Neurofeedback is a well-established operant training method for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD may affect as many as 8% of school children and often persists into adulthood. With recent "black box" warnings on a number of the most popularly prescribed ADHD medications, concerned parents and consumers are seeking effective, safe non-drug alternatives. This workshop explores the operant origins of EEG neurofeedback from its early studies to present day usage. This workshop will explore how clinicians assess clients, conduct neurofeedback sessions, and interpret client-derived data. Areas of research that still need to be conducted will be reviewed. This is the perfect workshop to wet your feet in this blossoming area of research and practice.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following: 1. understand what EEG neurofeedback is and how it works at the brain neuronal level of operant training; 2. understand how neurofeedback is used clinically to assess and train children (and adults) with ADHD; 3. understand the importance of brainwave and behavioral data in effective neurofeedback training; 4. identify many of the conditions comorbid with ADHD, such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), specific learning and developmental disorders, and learn how neurofeedback can also be used to address these comorbidities; 5. know the levels of efficacy of neurofeedback applied to ADHD as defined by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (; 6. understand the definition of neurofeedback and its accepted clinical applications as defined by the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (; 7. review selected clinical cases with the presenters.
Activities: Participants will have the opportunity to learn through didactic lecture, video clips of neurofeedback sessions, PowerPoint review of example case studies, and ample question and answer opportunities.
Audience: Clinicians, researchers, parents, students, and anyone wishing to learn more about this topic.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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