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Biofeedback now a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention & Hyperactivity Behaviors

biofeedback and hyperactivityPrac­tice­Wise, the com­pa­ny that main­tains the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics “Evi­dence-based Child and Ado­les­cent Psy­cho-social Inter­ven­tions” (see cur­rent edi­tion here) has just announced it will ele­vate biofeed­back to “Lev­el 1 — Best Sup­port” as an inter­ven­tion for Atten­tion & Hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty Behav­iors in the next edi­tion. Work­ing Mem­o­ry Train­ing will stay at Lev­el 2 — Good Sup­port. Stud­ies influ­enc­ing the deci­sion includ­ed:

  • Beau­re­gard, M., & Levesque, J. (2006). Func­tion­al mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing inves­ti­ga­tion of the effects of neu­ro­feed­back train­ing on neur­al bases of selec­tive atten­tion and response inhi­bi­tion in chil­dren with atten­tion-deficit/hy­per­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der. Applied Psy­chol­o­gy and Biofeed­back, 31, 3–20.
  • Gevensleben, H., Holl, B., Albrecht, B., Vogel, C., Schlamp, D., et al. (2009). Is neu­ro­feed­back an effi­ca­cious treat­ment for ADHD?: A ran­dom­ized con­trolled clin­i­cal tri­al. Jour­nal of Child Psy­chol­o­gy and Psy­chi­a­try, 50, 780–789.
  • Levesque, J., Beau­re­gard, M., & Men­sour, B. (2006). Effect of neu­ro­feed­back train­ing on the neur­al sub­strates of selec­tive atten­tion in chil­dren with atten­tion deficit/hyperactivity dis­or­der: A func­tion­al mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing study. Neu­ro­science Let­ters, 394, 216–221.
  • Omi­zo, M. M., & Michael, W. B. (1982). Biofeed­back-induced relax­ation train­ing and impul­siv­i­ty, atten­tion to task, and locus of con­trol among hyper­ac­tive boys. Jour­nal of Learn­ing Dis­abil­i­ties, 15, 414–416.
  • Rivera, E., & Omi­zo, M. M. (1980). The effects of relax­ation and biofeed­back on atten­tion to task and impul­siv­i­ty among male hyper­ac­tive chil­dren. The Excep­tion­al Child, 27, 41–51.

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