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Talegenes Attention Training is a drug-free course of treatment for ADHD and other learning difficulties which has been developed with researchers and doctors in America.[1] It consists of a series of exercises which are designed to improve the functioning of the brain for attention, concentration, based on Talegenes believe that brain' natural ability could help people improve their attention by themselves.[2]

Currently, Talegenes is available through offices in USA and China.[3][4]

About Talegenes

Talegenes LLC company dedicates to offer training and product in improving attention and efficiency on study and working.[5] The technique in Talegenes use is Neurofeedback. Talegenes work with the best producers in the EEG field to bring about best devices and software.[6] Talegenes's research Centers locate at three research facilities in the U.S., including: Orange County, California, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Charlottesville, Virginia. Their top-of-the-line research team offers their specialty in Neurology, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science from the best universities in the world.[7]

Talegenes Attention Training (TAT)

The theory behind the Talegenes Attention Training is that skills such as focus,[8] concentration can be improved by brain training and become automatic because the brain allows the attention process to occur at the maximum rate of efficiency.[9]

When clients step into the program,C the training team gives them a free test of study and work ability test which is made possible by the standard maker in the field CNSVS software.The report gives out an objective perspective on where Talegenes could help the clients and how to customize their training. Based on this objective report, Talegenes give clients initial assessments about their study and training capacity. The whole training program lasts 45 minutes and three trainings a week for 8 to 10 weeks. n the training sessions, trained and certified practitioners to help and guide the clients through the session. In the weekend, courses about attention skills are provided for parents and their children, so the parents could help their children study more efficiently.

Suitability

age

In order to be suitable for the Talegenes Attention Training, clients must above 7 years old. People from 7 to 55 years old is the optimal age to take part in the Talegenes Attention Training.

Merits of TAT

Traditional treatment for ADHD children is to use some medicince such as Ritalin, atomoxetine.[10] However, there are side effects and contraindications to their use and not recommended for preschool children to use as their long-term effects. Any drug used for ADHD may have adverse drug reactions such as psychosis and mania.

Comparing with the traditional treatment, neurofeedback has five advantages,[11] fist is that it gives professionals and clients immediate real-time information about brain wave action, this can then be used to control one’s brain activity for optimal performance.[12] Secondly, it provides the chance to re-educate the brain, hence it can adjust its action.[13] The third advantage of neurofeedback is that it allows therapists to design suitable intervention programs.[14] The fourth benefit pertains to helping patients recover completely from a range of psycho-biological troubles.[15] Finally, neurofeedback doesn’t interfere adversely with other modes of therapy a client might be undergoing. Importantly, neurofeedback therapy can have a positive influence while medicince could have.[16]

Criticism

Although it is claimed that group NFB training could be just as beneficial as individual ones, some people still believe that one-to-one clinical settings are the best.[17] Training in group, some say, helps people, especially children, to be more dedicated to training. Group training sets an atmosphere that encourages positive participation. When one could not proceed with training, the group atmosphere could help that person to dedicate more. However, some others believe the training must be watched by doctors in one to one environment. If a doctor is busy with some patients, he or she must have ignored some others. A study of both settings could shed light on this argument.[18]

Another issue of contention is about utilizing protocols. Protocols are fixed settings of training plans used on multiple people with similar problems. While some people strongly disagree with training with protocols, some doctors and researchers still stick to protocol way of training. Protesters say that there is no protocol fits multiple people. According to them, everyone should subject to a QEEG test in order to get diagnosed. Without tailored plans, doctors can't tell where and which band of frequency to train. The supporters say protocols exist for a reason. Whichever training plan a doctor uses, it is always a protocol to some extent. As long as doctors know which protocol to use and when to change, it is a fairly good way to start training.[19]

References

  1. Heinrich H, Gevensleben H, Strehl U (2007). "Annotation: Neurofeedback – train your brain to train behaviour". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 48 (1): 3–16. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2006.01665.x. 
  2. Neurofeedback for ADHD.
  3. Origin of company name.
  4. The company in China.
  5. Thomas R (2002). "Neurofeedback for AD/HD: A ratio feedback case study and tutoria". Journal of Neurotherapy 6 (3): 9–35. DOI:10.1300/J184v06n03_03. 
  6. Brandeis D (2010). "Neurofeedback training in ADHD: more news on specificity". Clin Neurophysiol 122 (5): 856–7. DOI:10.1016/j.clinph.2010.08.011. PMID 20833584. 
  7. Talegenes.
  8. Course arrangment of Talegenes.
  9. Baydala L, Wikman E (2001). "The efficacy of neurofeedback in the management of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder". Paediatr Child Health 6 (7): 451–455. PMC 2807759. PMID 20107553. //www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2807759. 
  10. Walker J (2008). "The Case Against Drugs - and For Neurofeedback,The Superior Alternative for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)". NeuroConnections 9 (8): 69–71. 
  11. Kubik A, Bogotko-Szarszewska M, Tutaj M, Laski S (2010). "Electroencephalography in children with ADHD started with neurofeedback therapy". Przegl Lek 67 (9): 677–681. PMID 21387804. 
  12. Gevensleben H, Holl B, Albrecht B, Vogel C, Schlamp D, Kratz O, Studer P, Rothenberger A, Moll, G.H, Heinrich, H (2009). "Is neurofeedback an efficacious treatment for ADHD? A randomised controlled clinical trial". Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 50 (7): 780–789. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2008.02033.x. PMID 19207632. 
  13. Training The Brain.
  14. New Study Supports for Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD.
  15. Research of the efficiency of neurofeedback for ADHD.
  16. Analysis the Efficiency of Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD: Real Samples.
  17. Vernon D, Egner T, Cooper N, Compton T, Neilands C, Sheri A, Gruzelier J (2003). "The effect of training distinct neurofeedback protocols on aspects of cognitive performance". International Journal of Psychophysiology 47 (1): 75–85. DOI:10.1016/S0167-8760(02)00091-0. PMID 12543448. 
  18. Criticism for Talegenes.
  19. Lubar J F, Swartwood M O, Swartwood J N, O'Donnell P H (1995). "Evaluation of the effectiveness of EEG neurofeedback training for ADHD in a clinical setting as measured by changes in T.O.V.A. scores, behavioral ratings, and WISC-R performance". IApplied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 20 (1): 83–99. DOI:10.1007/BF01712768. 
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