Consequences of Poor Processing Speed

Processing Speed, described by Alice Kassotaki, Speech Language Pathologist MSc, BSc, "refers to the rate at which information travels across the brain. It involves the function of processing information automatically, quickly and unconsciously. It relates to the ability to complete simple, repeated cognitive tasks. Poor processing speed can be seen during the task, not during the initial learning stage. Since processing speed is done unconsciously, slow processing speed is connected with a reduced ability to perform an assignment automatically. Cognitive processing speed, affecting attention, executive tasks, memory, academic performance, and behavioral and social skills, increases through childhood and adolescents. Processing speed can be caused by motor skills, insufficient sleep, working memory, ADHD and more. 


For those who suffer with slow processing speed, may struggle with performance problems in school and adulthood. Although these people know how to complete the task, it may take a few more steps compared to others. It is important to respond to these signs and support your child so that problems don't impact the rest of their lives. 

Processing speed tasks:

  • comparing or scanning visual information such as letters, words, numbers, symbols, patterns or pictures, for similarities or differences;
  • performing basic arithmetic;
  • reading and comprehending words and texts;
  • writing words or dictation;
  • copying from the board or from a text;
  • doing things in the correct order;
  • starting and finishing work in class;
  • starting and finishing an activity;
  • learning routines;
  • relating to others;
  • completing tests;

Neurofeedback is able to help children, teenagers, and adults who have slow processing speed. If your processing speed has not improved enough to meet your goals, your brain may need some training. Neurofeedback can train your brain to regulate, stabilize and focus itself so you're able to concentrate better on your tasks or follow directions that are given to you.

Contact us for more information on how Neurofeedback can help you and your family find the focus you need to function at your best.

-Written by Allison Parker and Tanya L. Hilber, PsyD

Reference: Kassotaki, Alice. “Consequences of Poor Processing Speed.” Upbility, Ikid Private Company. 

Alpha-Theta Training

Most people know the benefits of massages. In addition to relieving physical tension and pain, massages can reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and more. What if we told you that neurofeedback can provide you with similar benefits, essentially giving your brain a relaxing "massage"? Alpha-Theta training, a form of neurofeedback, can provide you with the relief that you have been looking for!


Unresolved traumatic experiences, fears, and habits can trigger uncomfortable feelings and behaviors in many people. Alpha-Theta training targets these specific issues by allowing you to enjoy a deeply relaxed state, physically and mentally. While in this deeply relaxed state, traumatic memories can be safely processed, consciously or unconsciously. After Alpha-Theta training, these memories can be recalled without leading to uncomfortable feelings and behaviors.

Alpha-Theta training is typically introduced after ten sessions of infra-low frequency training have taken place. This gives you ample time to become familiar with the neurofeedback process. Once Alpha-Theta training has been introduced, you may continue to do some infra-low frequency training. Infra-low frequency training provides the initial physical calming and stabilization, while Alpha-Theta training provides you with the opportunity to process unresolved traumatic experiences.

When a person receives a massage, they are encouraged to close their eyes, listen to soothing music, and relax. During Alpha-Theta training, you will be encouraged to rest in a comfortable chair that reclines, and will be given an eye mask and headphones in order to block out external visual and auditory distractions. Calming sounds will be played through the headphones and will change as the brain sinks into a deeper state of relaxation. Over the course of thirty minutes, you may experience varying levels of relaxation as unprocessed memories rise to the surface. The desired effect of Alpha-Theta training is to leave you feeling deeply relaxed, refreshed, and alert.

What New Year's resolutions have you made? Let us help you achieve your goals by training your brain for optimal health and performance! Learn more about neurofeedback, or contact us today to set up an appointment!

Opening August 2013!

San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, A Psychological Professional Corporation is now open! Come see what you can accomplish when you train your brain for optimal health and performance.

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