Koen is our son of 10 years and a great kid!
Going to school has always been a terrible experience for Koen, since the kindergarten. At primary school he complained every morning about abdominal pain, feeling sick and not wanting to go to school, sometimes even crying. At school he could not concentrate well, so he could do little or even no work, despite good test results. He also found it very difficult to sit still and had a tendency to fiddle with other children all the time. Disagreement with fellow students was usually solved with his fist, which he later felt very bad about and of which he had enormous regrets. He had a negative self-image. In group 4 we once had a parent meeting in which the teacher asked us if Koen was asleep enough. We reacted that he was in bed on time every day, also in the weekends. Afterwards it appeared that Koen was lying still in bed with the lamp off, but that he couldn’t sleep because the ‘cogs in his head’ kept turning, we only found out at the end of group 5, by actually going to see if he was already asleep after half an hour, for example, this turned out not to be the case.
Because Koen had a lot of reading problems as well as behavioural problems, we had Koen psychologically tested at the end of group 5, from which he was diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia. Many pieces of the puzzle fell into place and Koen was very relieved by this result alone. For us, this was the start of the search for specific solutions. Via a GGD employee we heard about Neurofeedback. With the help of the internet we gathered information. Because it appears that Neurofeedback practices like mushrooms are emerging, we went looking for a reliable address. In the end, we went for neuroCare Netherlands because they do research in collaboration with the Radboud Hospital Nijmegen. It is also possible to do tele-Neurofeedback, which in our case is pleasant because of the travel distance to Nijmegen (and it saves not only travel time but also travel and parking costs).
Koen has had about 30 training sessions, 3 times a week. Partly he was allowed to do this during school hours. During this period he was very motivated and worked hard, this was partly because the therapist felt him so good and could work with him fantastic. At the beginning we didn’t notice much difference, despite the fact that the sessions took a lot of energy, but in the end the result was overwhelming! Koen now usually sleeps in 15 minutes, which used to take almost an hour. Probably because of that he doesn’t feel sick anymore in the morning. At school he now (almost) always gets his work completely finished, while before the autumn holidays they were satisfied with half of the material to be made and that was often not feasible either. Koen is able to discuss problem situations much better, so that it is not easy to fight anymore. We now have a son who is self-confident and sincerely happy and who goes to school with much more pleasure. That was worth the time invested and the costs incurred.
I’m Koen and I’m 10 years old. Since the autumn holidays of 2009 I did Neurofeedback at neuroCare Nederland. I had to go to Nijmegen the first 5 times, then we were in the car for a long time and that is boring. After that we could train twice at home and once a week in Nijmegen. Often I was allowed to leave school earlier, I thought that was great! In the beginning I got very tired of looking at the bar on the screen, but that went better and better. During the sessions I was always happy, because I had to work hard, but we often made jokes. I could earn stickers on a card, after 5 stickers I could choose a present from the pot.
At first I found it very difficult:
– To concentrate and make my work at school.
– To sleep in.
– To tell if I had experienced something boring.
Now I have had Neurofeedback and now I can:
– Getting my work done at school, I’m even ready for ‘finished tasks’, I’m proud of that!
– I can sleep well after reading in the evening.
– I’m good at talking about what happened at school.