The use of biofeedback techniques with school-aged children exhibiting behavioral and/or learning problems.

This article reviews 44 studies that investigated the efficacy of biofeedback techniques in treating childhood behavioral and learning disorders. Although the data suggest that children can learn voluntary control over a variety of physiological processes, methodological flaws make it impossible to specify the mechanisms responsible for such learning. Further, the data do not suggest that biofeedback techniques are superior to more conventional treatments in remediating learning or behavioral disorders. Suggestions for future research focus upon the elimination of methodological weaknesses, the use of more stringent diagnostic criteria, and the use of more sophisticated biofeedback equipment and procedures.
AuthorsD E Cobb, J R Evans
JournalJournal of abnormal child psychology (J Abnorm Child Psychol) Vol. 9 Issue 2 Pg. 251-81 (Jun 1981) ISSN: 0091-0627 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID7024384 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Review)
  • Adolescent
  • Arousal
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (therapy)
  • Biofeedback, Psychology
  • Brain (physiopathology)
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders (therapy)
  • Electroencephalography
  • Electromyography
  • Humans
  • Learning Disorders (therapy)
  • Muscles (physiopathology)
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Research Design
  • Speech Disorders (therapy)

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