Application of Biofeedback to Treatment of Children

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Abstract

Self-control over brain rhythms such as the sensorimotor rhythm and use of EEG feedback for altering hemispheric-specific activity are potentially applicable techniques for hyperactive, epileptic, and learning-disabled children. Other somatic control systems such as temperature regulation and electromyographic response have shown promise for regulation of stress responses, anxiety, and specific symptoms related to disturbances of autonomic or skeletal muscle systems in adults. It is proposed that in addition to their specific training effects, such methods may have potent side effects by altering the child's internal locus of control, thus affecting adjustment in a wide variety of stressful situations and correcting faulty learning histories.

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