Down Syndrome is a genetic condition in which a child has an extra chromosome. Typically we are all born with 36 chromosomes (we inherit 23 chromosomes from our mother and 23 chromosomes from our father). According to the Center for Disease Control, down syndrome remains the most common chromosomal malady diagnosed in the United States. Each year, approximately 6,000 babies born in the United States have down syndrome, occurring in about 1 out of every 700 babies. Children born with down syndrome will experience symptoms of ailments related to brain disorders like ADHD, autism, insomnia, social-behavior problems, delayed speech, and language development and learning disability. Although these disabilities exist in their daily lives, each person with downs has various remarkable talents and the capacity to thrive.
Neurofeedback therapy can help alleviate many of the symptoms that children with downs syndrome experience by utilizing the brain’s own ability to self-regulate and training the brain to function efficiently. A study conducted in 2007 by Dr. Tanju Surmeli and Dr. Ayben Ertem found that many children with down syndrome displayed notable improvements in all areas tested when treated with up to 60 sessions of neurofeedback. These children showed vast improvements in their verbal communication, nonverbal communication, memory (short and long-term), Behavior management (self-control) and physical balance.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.