Meet Rose: 6 year old girl with severe anxiety and emotional regulation weaknesses, sensory integration problems

Rose was an absolute sweetheart when she was calm. Curious, energetic, really funny. But she so easily became anxious and out of control emotionally. She erupted frequently at school and at home. Her family and her teachers struggled to manage her at these times. Rose was in therapy with an excellent therapist for her attachment disorder and was making progress. Her mom thought neurofeedback would help with her anxiety and emotion regulation problems. Here is what she wrote about Rose’s results with neurofeedback for attachment disorder:

“I have been thinking a lot about Rose’s progress since we began neurofeedback. I just wanted to summarize her progress as the changes have been so profound.

Her sensory issues that were so prominent a year ago are nearly nonexistent. She now is able to tolerate noise from a vacuum cleaner or a blow dryer which was nearly impossible before. She allows hair brushing and tooth brushing which was a daily struggle last summer. I can play music in the car without her crying and she let’s me drive with the top down in the convertible…all small but miraculous changes!!

She is so much more emotionally regulated. She is able to tolerate teasing and joking with greater ease. Not perfect, but with 2 older brothers and a father who love to tease, she does better than most! She can tolerate being told “no” and can wait for things. She never goes into fight or flight mode, where she runs from the room screaming at the slightest provocation. Last summer, this was a daily if not hourly occurrence in our house! She occasionally misunderstands and has an over the top reaction, but quickly decelerates and will apologize.

She has not had a tantrum in months. …her behavior, emotional regulation and mood have really stabilized. When out with friends, it is rarely Rose that is having the meltdowns…it is usually her neuro-typical friends who are melting down and crying. This is a very new and interesting development.

Although we have seen improvement in mood, her attention is still fleeting at times… Thankfully, she is easy redirected given her improved mood and emotional regulation.

As she moves forward in school, we may want to revisit other NFB protocols to improve memory, attention and learning, but right now she is so emotionally healthy that I want to celebrate this success.

As she moves ahead in school, her attention and memory issues will certainly impact her learning, however her greatest obstacle was her poor emotional regulation. Witnessing the improvements in other areas, I am hopeful that her attention and learning will follow suit…But I know where to go if it doesn’t! Thank you so much!”
–  S.L., Amesbury, MA.

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