Learning Disabilities Case Study 5

KL
12-year-old girl with Learning disabilities, Gifted

 PRESENTING SYMPTOMS:

 Irritability
 Learning Disability
 Fatigue
 Serious Headache problem
 Crying spells
 Sleep difficulties (awakens frequently)
 Premature birth; breach, in incubator 10 days
 Family history of learning disabilities and allergies
 GIFTED

 EEG Training History

 SESSION 2: Less irritable; better relations with siblings
 SESSION 5: Diminution of headaches; in incidence and in severity
MOTHER: MORE EVEN MOOD AND TEMPERAMENT
 SESSION 11: Able to walk away from fight with sibling
 SESSION 18: Recurrence of headaches
 SESSION 26: Started split sessions: (Beta+/High-Beta);(Beta+/Theta-)
 SESSION 28: Apparent breakthrough; significant reduction in Theta
 SESSION 31: -A- aware of sensitivity to sugar

 EEG Observations: High amplitude low frequency; bursts of rhythmic theta. Training effected disappearance of delta and slow waves, reduction in incidence of rhythmic theta activity. Not much change in theta threshold

 STATUS: EEG Training interrupted at Session 33 for Re-test: All above reported symptoms improved; fatigue, headache still a problem. Significant improvement in verbal IQ; yet training was mostly on RIGHT Hemisphere.


 Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children–Revised (WISC-R)

Verbal IQ: Prior to training = 124 After training = 142
Performance IQ: Prior to training = 126 After training = 133
Full Scale IQ: Prior to training = 128 After training = 142

Figure 1. WISC-R data for KL before and after EEG biofeedback training

EEG training was conducted with EEG Spectrum’s standard Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) protocols of augmentation in either the sensorimotor rhythm (SMR, 12-15 Hz) spectral band, or the low beta (15-18 Hz) spectral band, concurrently with inhibition of excessive activity in the 4-7 Hz band and the 22-30 Hz band, typically at sensorimotor cortex (Cz, C3, and C4). Each training sessions consisted of 30 minutes on a Neurocybernetics instrument.

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