Performance pressure and stress may be manifested in children in blackouts during exams and learning and performance blocks.  These psychosomatic reactions can be treated with biofeedback. Neurofeedback can be used successfully with children with ADHS. 

Training programs

  • BFBEL - Tolerance Test

    Examples of applications

    • stress management
    • psychosomatic stress-related problems
    • psychophysiological stress tolerance

    Description
    The aim of the program is to identify how the client reacts in an active stress situation.

    Using clicks of the mouse the client assesses the shape, colour and accompanying acoustic signal of a geometric figure that moves about the screen. The computer continuously adapts the speed of presentation to the client’s performance. This subjects the client to the optimum level of persistent stress.

  • BFEDA - SCL Relaxation Exercises

    Examples of applications

    • relaxation training
    • stress reduction

    Description
    With the aid of feedback on skin conductivity the client learns to consciously control the habitual level of arousal and the level of sympathetic nervous system activity.

    Internal tension results in increased activity of the sweat glands and hence in a higher skin conductance level (electrodermal activity or EDA). When the arousal level changes, the skin conductance reaction occurs almost immediately (within 0.6 – 6.0 seconds). It is therefore an excellent indicator of the relationship between physical and emotional processes.  

    In EDA relaxation exercises you can choose between the following types of feedback:

    • Face:
      When skin conductance falls, the face on the screen smiles.
    • Morphing:
      A transformation occurs – for example, a frog turns into a prince.
    • Depiction for children
      Figures suitable for children (such as a dog or a clown) change their position.
    • Jigsaw puzzle
      Missing pieces are added to a jigsaw puzzle.
  • BFEEG - Electroencephalography

    Examples of applications

    • ADS/ADHS
      The aim of training is to reduce theta activity while at the same time increasing beta and SMR activity. Training takes place in successive phases, for example:
      1. Phase 1 – reduce theta
      2. Phase 2 – reduce theta, increase SMR
      3. Phase 3 – reduce theta, increase SMR, increase beta
    • Dependency disorders (especially alcoholism)
      The aim of training is to increase alpha and theta activity.
    • Anxiety disorders (especially post-traumatic stress disorder)
      The aim of training is to increase alpha and theta activity.
    • Depression, epilepsy, sleep disorders
      The aim of training is to increase SMR and beta activity.

    Description
    The feedback in this form of training enables the client to consciously influence brain activity in various frequency ranges.

    Pre-set therapy forms, which are ready for immediate use, are available for the most important EEG applications. In this type of training threshold values are used to control a video that is shown to the client as a reward.

  • BFKON - Confrontation with picture sequences

    Examples of applications

    • phobias
    • panic attacks
    • anxiety disorders

    Description
    The system automatically shows a picture sequence that induces anxiety or arousal. Clients learn to influence the reaction of the autonomic nervous system, thus controlling their anxiety.

    Because of its responsiveness, the skin conductance level (EDA) is a suitable indicator of anxiety or internal tension. However, as the various vegetative systems (EDA, PULS, etc.) respond differently in different clients, a range of different parameters should be monitored.

    Systematic desensitization can be achieved by ordering the pictures according to the strength of the anxiety or arousal response which they induce.

    There is a wide selection of different pictures to choose from. You can also create your own picture sequences and add them to the program.

  • BFREC - Voice and Video Recorder

    Examples of applications

    • taking case history
    • investigative interviews
    • therapy for anxiety disorders
    • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    Description
    The voice and video recorder can be used during a therapeutic conversation to record the conversation itself at the same time as physiological parameters. The video recorder function is new: this enables the discussion to be recorded as a video (this is in addition to the sound recording function, which is still available).

    In the review after the session, conspicuous physiological parameters can be matched precisely to the point in the conversation at which they occurred. To avoid undesirable feedback reactions, the monitor should be positioned where the client cannot see it.

    Signals from up to seven radio modules (or 32 channels) can be transmitted simultaneously. This enables the physiological parameters of a number of people to be monitored in a group setting if required.

  • BFRESP - Breathing Exercises

    Examples of applications
    relaxation training
    essential hypertonia
    bronchial asthma
    migraine, panic attacks, agoraphobia

    Description
    This procedure, developed by Dr. Rudolf Marx, uses the display of an ideal respiration curve to help the client acquire an efficient and correct style of breathing.

  • BFSTAT - Statistical Module

    The statistical module enables data obtained with Biofeedback 2000x-pert to be prepared for further statistical analysis in standard statistics programs. This enables comparisons to be made for study purposes between sessions or individuals or within a session.

    The following settings are available:

    Intervals
    You define the intervals that are of interest. You can choose from several selection methods: automatically defined by markers, relative to a session and absolutely positioned.

    Measurement channels
    You select the relevant measurement channels

    Interval parameters
    You decide which parameters of the selected intervals will be calculated (mean, median, minimum, maximum, gradient, standard deviation etc.).

    During the calculation process the program can smooth out data and remove spikes.

    Data can be exported in an SPSS format or in tab-separated form (e.g. for Excel).

  • BFSTR - Activation Screening/ Stress Test

    Examples of applications

    • stress management
    • psychosomatic stress-related problems
    • analysis of response-related physiological parameters

    Description
    This test identifies the vegetative systems (cardiovascular, skin conductance, muscle tone etc.) that show the most marked response to stress for the client. It also enables information to be gathered on the trend of emotional processes (e.g. anticipatory anxiety) over time and how stressful situations are dealt with.

    Activation screening is divided into four phases:

    1. Relaxation phase (baseline)
    2. Preparatory phase
    3. Confrontation phase with a stress inducer (visual and acoustic)
    4. Relaxation phase
  • BFVID - Confrontation with video sequences

    Examples of applications

    • claustrophobia
    • fear of heights
    • driving anxiety
    • animal phobias
    • fear of flying
    • fear of medical examinations

    Description
    Confrontation training with video functions in the same way as confrontation training with pictures (BFKON) but uses video clips instead of picture sequences. The client is therefore more realistically immersed in the anxiety-inducing situation.

    In partnership with the company Psycho-Vision GmbH, SCHUHFRIED has integrated a series of psychologically relevant videos into the software. Each video lasts for 30 seconds and can be played in an endless loop. For longer video sequences please contact Psycho-Vision GmbH direct: www.psycho-vision.de.

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