PLEASE NOTE: I am skipping week five since I only had one session. There was a mess up with scheduling and traffic issues (the kind that involve actual cars on the high way, not the traffic in my brain, got it? J).
RECAP: I am going through the process of Neurofeedback to treat my A.D.D.
- Once I get to the Doctor’s office, the tech puts twenty-seven sensors (wires) on my head. These wires are connected to the computer.
- I am to stare at the monitor for two minutes. During this time, a green ball appears on the screen. My brain must make the ball stay on the screen. The computer is actually teaching the brainwaves to slow down.
- The computer measures how many seconds my brain was able to keep the green ball on the screen. The goal is to get at least sixty seconds.
- After two minutes, I get a forty-five second break. Then the process starts again. This goes on for twelve rounds.
September 26, 2013
Between my cats waking me at five am and my bad back, I I haven’t gotten the best sleep. I think that is why I haven’t been doing too well with my feedback therapy. After all, my scores were in the 60’s before school started. They only started to slide after school started and I wasn’t able to sleep as late in the morning.
To recap, I have twenty-seven little sensors placed on my head.
In school, I noticed a common A.D.D problem: grading. Since I have visual problems, I also have trouble grading. I miss the little things. Ever hear the saying “You can’t see the forest for the trees?” This saying really applies to someone with A.D.D. I’m the one who will notice the weird tree that no one else notices and misses the rest of the forest. Oh well. So, grading is a problem. Let me show you an example:
I would check the student’s answer with the answer key….and completely miss the decimal. On different problems other mistakes might include missing an omitted number or a repeated number. Not on purpose. Trust me; I try not to miss the little things. Yet I do. No matter how carefully I am looking at the problem or how deliberately I look at the answer, I still miss little things. Needless to say, this matters a lot when handing back a graded paper to a student. If I mis-grade anything…it will look unprofessional. My visual issues are due to the ‘traffic jam’ I was talking about in the previous post. I just hope to get rid of the traffic!
September 30, 2013
Finally. My scores are going up! YEAH!! Of course there are reasons for it. For one, I try to make sure I go to bed rather early at night. Also I have been trying this new supplement for the last two weeks that doc recommended. It is an over the counter supplement called Guarana. It is used as a stimulant to reduce mental and physical fatigue.
Not sure I am recognizing any other type of changes at work. Yet I am happy with how work is going. I feel that I am reading the students rather well. I help them when they truly need it and let them solve problems on their own when I know they can.
October 3rd, 2013
The scores continue to rise. Things at work are going well. I also feel blessed with the people I am working with.
Every staff member only has kind words to say about one another. Those that have family or health issues are especially taken care of by the rest of the staff. For instance, one teacher was recently diagnosed with cancer. The staff pitched in to get her things to help her through the treatments, like certain tea or spa stuff. Other staff members volunteered to cover her classes.
Perhaps the reason I am feeling so optimistic about work is because the neurofeedback therapy is re-wiring the brain to make me feel less anxious. Hmm…
October 4th, 2013
I got the best news today! Maria said that my scores are high enough to move up! Hoorah! This means that we are done working on the cortex of the brain. Now we will move on to the executive parts of the brain. This is the front of the brain. The time I have to watch the ‘green ball’ will be reduced from two minutes to 1.5.
Also, I now only have to go to Neurofeedback theraphy two times a week instead of thrice. PRAISE THE LORD!!! This means I save $50.00’s a week. Excuse me while I jump up and down on the coach (leaves to jump on coach).