This review of neurofeedback research was done by very careful scientifically rigorous conventional physicians. The researchers looked carefully at all of the studies about Neurofeedback for ADHD and there conclusion was that it was “probably” efficacious. This is a strongly positive result, especially for a procedure that is somewhat difficult to study, compared to a simple medication.
Now if insurances would only cover this, I think it would be able to help a lot of kids.
The great thing about Neurofeedback is that it is teaching children to modify their own brain function, in order to help themselves concentrate when it is necessary. It seems pretty clear that it is effective, at least in the short run, for most children with ADHD. It would be nice to know how long the effects lasted, given that it is a time consuming and expensive intervention. However, part of why it seems so expensive is that it is usually not covered by insurance. Really, it is not more expensive than about 6 or 8 months of psychotherapy or even occupational or speech therapy. it’s just that insurance often covers the latter, at least partially.