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Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute: Learning DisabilitiesTreatment Program
Robert Gurnee, MSW, DCSW, Director
8114 E. Cactus Road - Suite 200 | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | (480) 424-7200 | add@add-clinic.com
Est. 1982

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Welcome to the Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute: Learning Disabilities Program

Approximately 15% of the population has reading and/or spelling learning disabilities and 10% have math learning disabilities. A "learning disability" is defined as a 20 point gap between (IQ) intelligence and reading, spelling or math test scores. For instance with an IQ of 100 and reading/spelling at 80 or below. Another common definition of a learning disability is reading/spelling/math achievement grade levels.

Neuroimaging research has consistently found dysfunction in the left posterior temporal lobe (behind the left ear) and in the occipital lobe (visual cortex) in the back of the brain. We see letters in the visual cortex and attach sounds in the left posterior temporal lobe. If these areas are dysfunctional or disconnected or the timing is off, then reading/spelling is likely to be impaired.

QEEG topographic brain mapping, with multiple databases, including the New York University Medical School Normative Database, can accurately assess for what types of dysfunction are present and to what degree of severity. EEG neurofeedback can, in most cases, rather remarkably remediate these abnormalities, with statistically significant improvements.

Our research with math learning disability agrees with that of others and shows that math learning disability is located in the parietal lobes (the upper back of the head). Again EEG neuroimaging indicates the types and severity of the dysfunction in this area and EEG neurofeedback can usually remediate the blood flow and metabolism abnormalities, timing, and connectivity dysfunctions in these areas.

With reading, spelling and math learning difficulties there is still usually a need for remediation such as tutoring, special education, computer and academic training to make up for the many years of underachievement caused by these areas performing inefficiency.

Poor handwriting (Dysgraphia), located in the motor strip which runs from above one ear to the other, and facial expression processing deficits (such as Asperger's) which is located in the fusiform gyrus, below the posterior temporal lobes, are also treatable with neurofeedback.

Pre and post mapping and pre and post testing is performed to measure improvement.

Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute
Telephone: (480) 625-4123
Facsimile: (480) 424-7800
Email us: add@add-clinic.com