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Neurofeedback: How to boost children’s academic performances?


Neurofeedback works for all ranges of ages, and various concerns. Neurofeedback had shown positive results for academic performances, neurodevelopmental disorder, personality disorder, addiction and lots more. Academic performances depend on individual’s cognitive abilities, emotion management and sleeping quality. Cognitive abilities are brain-based skill that are crucial for processing information either it is a simple task or a complex task. Cognitive abilities involve perception, attention, memory, executive function, decision making and others. Each of the cognitive ability plays a vital role inside human’s brain. To have an excellent academic performance, one should have good attention, memory, executive function, decision making as well as good in managing emotion and sleeping quality.

Source:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0191886907001249

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2019-74947-001


1. ATTENTION

Attention is an ability to sustained concentration on any object or thought to correctly process information. There are varieties type of attention such as focused attention, sustained attention, selective attention, alternating attention, divided attention and others. For children, they must be able to sit and focus in class for a long period during class. Keeping attention for long time is not an easy task but it is not impossible. Neurofeedback can help to increase attention span and minimize mind wandering. Being attentive in a class is important for memory and executive functions later.


Source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23827814

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26866770


2. MEMORY

Memory allows individual to code, store and recall information. Memory depends on attention process. There are two types of memories called short-term memory and long-term memory. Children need to remember a lot of things in school, for example; how to spell, how to calculate and process of making a sentence. They need to recall either it is use for daily activities or recall during examination. Research from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine show people who did neurofeedback training have better memory than people who did not do neurofeedback training. People who did neurofeedback training have higher recalls rate compared to another group.


Source:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/01/030123073326.htm

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318886568_Neurofeedback_Training_Intervention_for_Enhancing_Working_Memory_Function_in_Attention_Deficit_and_Hyperactivity_Disorder_ADHD_Chinese_Students


3. EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS

Executive functions are a complex cognitive process in the frontal lobe use for self-control, self-organization, managing emotions, and attention. There are three main components in executive functions which are inhibition, working memory and shifting. Executive function help children to follow instruction, working towards goals, critical thinking, creative and making wise decision. Children that have problem with executive functions tend to have trouble to complete task such as completing their coloring task. They also have problem to follow directions or sequence from teacher or parents. Usually, children with autism have problem with their executive functions. Neurofeedback had been proven to improve executive functions among children with autism.


Source:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3648805/

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01489/full

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1750946708000512


4. SLEEPING

Sleeping is important to improve cognitive abilities. Brain will not have optimal function if there is no quality sleep. Children tend to feel tired, cranky, cannot think properly when they do not get enough sleep. Having a good sleep also make easier for children to manage their moods and impulses. Neuroscientist found children have better memory when they take a nap compared to stay awake. Neurofeedback helps regulating sleep rhythms and it helps calming brain that leads to fall asleep.


Source:

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/not-tired.html

https://www.parents.com/health/healthy-happy-kids/the-7-reasons-your-kid-needs-sleep/

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1516-44462016000300264


5. ANXIETY

Neurofeedback can be useful to reduce anxiety in children. Children may get anxious for getting poor grades, anxious during examination or when they do not know how to complete a task. Elevating anxious level may affects children’s working memory causing them difficulty to retrieve information. When anxiety occurs, children think less efficiently, and this may affect their learning capability. Neurofeedback training help for calming brain and consequently reduce anxiety levels.


Source:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anxietythe-hidden-disabil_b_1474089

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2019-74947-001

http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1516-44462016000300264


As a conclusion, academic performance can be boosted by improving cognitive abilities, emotion management and sleeping quality. Neurofeedback had been proven by research in improving attention, memory, executive functions, regulating mood and sleeping problem. Neurofeedback is SAFE, NO SIDE EFFECTS and PAINLESS. Contact SOL at +603-4022 6689 if you are interested in this Neurofeedback.


CALL US: + 603 4022 6689

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By: Ms. Nurfarahin- SOL Neurofeedback Trainer

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