Neurofeedback Training Co is the largest NeurOptimal® rental company. We have helped thousands of clients complete successful brain training. A frequent question clients ask is, "How many neurofeedback sessions do I need?"
They key to success is this: don't think about your training in terms of number of sessions. Our clients see better results when they use the self-reporting checklist as a guidepost. Instead of counting sessions, they develop self-awareness to track shifts in experience. This leads to optimized and individualized training that fit our clients' needs. Rather than follow a prescribed amount, clients discover how many sessions are right for them and their children.
How many neurofeedback sessions do children need?
As recently as the 1960s, neuroscientists thought that a babies were born with pre-determined brain functions. In the 1990s, the advancement of imaging technology allowed scientists to see that children actually have billions of unassigned neurons, which are the pathways for brain communication and function. This means that brain function is always changing.
It is estimated that in the first few years of life the brain creates one million neuronal connections per second! Children make new neural connections as they learn and cement that learning by growing these connections. Children have more flexible and adaptive brains than adults, though research shows that adult brains can re-wire themselves throughout life.
We certainly see the evidence of how flexible children's brains are when they practice neurofeedback. In general, parents report that children respond more quickly and maintain changes longer than the adults in the family.
Families training using a home neurofeedback kit typically rent for 2 to 3 months before they are satisfied with the results. Typically, satisfaction is measured by academic improvement.
Home training is safe and can be used daily. We advise parents to create a schedule that fits the child's schedule and extracurricular activities. The average family renting NeurOptimal® trains 2 to 4 times a week.
will I know if the neurofeedback is working?
This is the sister questions to how many NeurOptimal® sessions are needed. We give our rental clients a step-by-step guide so they will have the most successful outcome from training.
The first task is for them to fill out the checklist so that they can observe the areas where they want to improve. We ask all clients, regardless of whether they are renting or training in-office, to fill this checklist out every 8-10 sessions.
This checklist is key because it gives a numerical value to your goals and allows you to track your changes over time. Seeing the numbers change is a sign of progress! During the first 8-10 sessions, numbers typically drop by 3. For example, if "Difficulty concentrating" or "Often worry" starts at a value of 9, it is often reported to be a 6 after 10 sessions.
These reporting tools also improve self-awareness. One of our goals as neurofeedback coaches is to help clients notice how they are feeling. Noticing subtle changes helps you get ahead of your feelings, and maintain a sense of focus and calm. Self-awareness is the first step to success, because it key to identifying which tools will help re-regulate the mind, whether it is a neurofeedback session, going to be early, or getting to the gym.
Why are you Renting a home neurofeedback kit?
Everyone has different goals. Some people start running to lose 30 lbs and stop when the weight is off. Others incorporate running into their daily lives in order to maintain a routine. Likewise, some clients rent a NeurOptimal® unit from us because they have specific, short-term goals that they want to achieve in a certain timeframe. Others want to incorporate neurofeedback into their long-term brain health plan. Neither one is right, the goals are simply different.
With neurofeedback home rentals, those with short-term goals often rent for 2-3 months and return the rental once they feel their improvements are stable. It is advisable to rent again for a tune-up six months or a year later, as new stressors pop up and clients often need a boost to get back to their regular brain health routine. This short-term approach is most popular for people with specific complaints, such as executive functioning or performance anxiety. Once these symptoms are under control, many find that boosting once or twice a year is enough to maintain results.
The "on-going optimization" group often starts renting and realizes after a few weeks that the NeurOptimal system does a lot more than just help them with the issue that led them to start training. They start experiencing what the system was designed to do-- increase natural re-regulation and help maintain optimal brain functioning.
People with stressful lifestyles, children with on-going stressors, and professionals who want to keep their minds as sharp as possible often fall into the "on-going optimization" category. Long-term neurofeedback training becomes integral to their routine for maintaining mental clarity, keeping their moods calm, and minimizing emotional reactivity. Those seeking long-term benefits often decide to purchase a system instead of renting. This is the most cost efficient option if you fall into this group. We offer a $100 refund on your rental, if you decide to purchase after renting.
Knowing why you are training can help you decide for how long to rent and whether you should consider purchasing.
When doesn't neurofeedback work?
The number of sessions of neurofeedback that you will need is personal to your goals and the life factors that influence your health and wellbeing. When NeurOptimal® doesn't work for someone is when they don't train. You may think this is an obvious answer but the most common reason clients don't have success is because they stop neurofeedback before they have given it enough time to help them with their goals.
The factors that may influence that decision are: having unrealistic expectation about how quickly they will see changes, major stressors happening unexpectedly, getting distracted or overwhelmed, or not setting a schedule for their sessions. Clients need to allocate 45 minute blocks for their neurofeedback at home. That is why, over the years, we have designed and re-designed our step-by-step rental process so that we can adequately educate clients, give them tracking tools to help them notice changes, and troubleshoot if they have concerns.
Curious about neurofeedback and want to find out if it's right for you? Schedule a free 15 minute consultation with one of our Certified NeurOptimal coaches.