Neurofeedback centre engages the power of the brain

By Patricia Hului
@pattbpseeds
 
 

KUCHING: Quantum Neurofeedback Center is the first centre specialising in neurofeedback training to open in Sarawak.

 

Helpful for those suffering from anxiety, depression, migraine, seizures and sleep disorders, the neurofeedback centre was launched by Minister for Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah on January 7.

 

Neurofeedback is a computer –aided training method where selected parameters of brain activity which normally cannot be perceived can be made visible with the use of a video monitor and loudspeakers which will show what the brain is doing at the moment or feedback.

 

“We need every single help for our children,” said Fatimah as neurofeedback has shown benefits for children with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD).

 

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POWER OF THE BRAIN: Fatimah (middle) watching a young participant manipulate and control the game on-screen with Nueroharmony.

 

One example of this kind of device is Neuroharmony, which can enable users to play and control the games with their minds. It is usually used by those with ADHD/ADD to improve their concentration and focus.

 

Neuroharmony is attached to a monitor to enable the user’s brainwaves to be projected on to the screen. The feedback will allow users to learn how to better self-regulate their brain activities. Many disorders or unwanted behaviour patterns are due to irregularities in brain activity.

 

The training provided in the center is non-invasive and no drugs are being used.

 

Neurofeedback training can also improve learning or working outcome, increase creativity and productivity and improve IQ and EQ.

 

According to Drs Muhamad Sophian Nazaruddin, the appointed center consultant, “With Neurofeedback training, we can help both students and adults achieve performance by improving their attention.”

 

The center has been operating since May 15 last year and currently has more than 70 clients doing on-going therapy and training from ages 4 to 38.

 

Every training package is made up of 30 sessions and each session lasts 30 minutes.

 

 

The results vary usually depending on the individual. Generally, it will take 20 to 40 sessions to see improvement.

 

At the price at RM30 per session, Timothy Chai, managing director of the centre claimed it is the most affordable price for a session of neurofeedback training in Southeast Asia.

 

SUPPORT FOR AUTISM: Fatimah (second right) handing gift certificates for neurofeedback training session to Charles Kueh (right), secretary of KAA. Also present were Chai (left) and Sophian (second left).

SUPPORT FOR AUTISM: Fatimah (second right) handing gift certificates for neurofeedback training session to Charles Kueh (right), secretary of KAA. Also present were Chai (left) and Sophian (second left).

 

In conjunction with the launching ceremony, Quantum Neurofeedback Center gave free vouchers worth RM1100 to four different organisations namely Kuching Autistic Association (KAA), Dyslexia Association of Sarawak, Salvation Army Kuching and Sarawak Welfare Department.

 

For more information visit them at https://www.facebook.com/neurofeedback.kch.

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