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. 

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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. 

Concussions in Children & Teens

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Concussions have been an ongoing problem with pro sports such as the NFL. With Superbowl 50 coming up, this is an ideal time to discuss concussions that occur with kids. For many years there has been more talk, tests, lawsuits, and more regarding concussions in the NFL and there's even a major motion picture called Concussion with Will Smith.

Unfortunately these occur more frequently than we would prefer. This PBS article from 2014 shows the number of concussions per position in the NFL. 

For the frequency of concussions and long-term damage caused by concussions, there are surprisingly limited treatments for this kind of brain injury. Treatments typically include pain relievers and medications to help with nausea, vertigo, and depression. Neurofeedback is the only brain rehabilitation that helps to stabilize and regulate brain functions for brain injuries, including TBI and mTBI. 

Concussions also occur in children and teens. Recent research suggests that children should not play contact sports until high school due to their significant increase in prolonged post-concussion symptoms in young athletes. Charles Barkley, former NBA player, also encourages parents not to let their children play football. While it may not be realistic to discontinue all childhood contact sports, it may be reasonable to obtain neurofeedback treatments for your child during his sport season. Siegfried Othmer reports this is risk management for childhood sports, just like obtaining insurance for health, auto, and life incidents. 

Neurofeedback is brain training and helps the brain to learn how to stabilize and regulate itself in order to function optimally. Concussion treatments are meant to decrease or manage symptoms, but neurofeedback treats the damage caused by the concussion. Siegfried Othmer, PhD explains how neurofeedback is the recommended treatment for concussions.

Contact us at San Diego Center for Neurofeedback, APPC with any questions about Neurofeedback or Neurofeedback treatments.