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Inner Act
Rae Tattenbaum. MSW, CSW

Address: 10 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT, 06107
Phone: (860) 561-5222
E-mail: RTinneract@aol.com
Website: http://www.inner-act.com

Professional Background Welcome To Inner Act!


Inner Act, at 10 North Main St. in West Hartford Center, is devoted to the modification of behavior using biofeedback and related techniques. In a pleasant office setting you are free to explore the opportunities available to you through EEG Neurofeedback. At Inner Act, we offer a powerful, clinically effective method to help in the management of ADHD symptoms prior to the use of stimulants, as an alternative, or in conjunction with such use. Now, thanks to modern technology, there�s a safe way to help control mind activity. It's called EEG biofeedback, or brain wave therapy.

Rae Tattenbaum, the founder of Inner Act, is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience in mental health, education and business. As executive director of the Sloan Center at Children's Aid Society, she worked in concert with top education leaders for the development of a unique program targeted specifically toward children with learning and attention difficulties. In the corporate world, Rae focused on methods integrating modern technology into the delivery of government, educational, and health care services. She believes that given the right tools, conditions, and training, children and adults can improve concentration, attention and their ability to stick with tasks.

Wasn't Biofeedback Popular In The 70's? Yes! Biofeedback has been used for many years to reduce headaches and other tension problems by teaching people to relax certain muscles or to increase bloodflow.
Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback, affecting the whole nervous system. This brain-based biofeedback can help your brain work better. Changing brain waves can have a much broader effect than peripheral biofeedback. EEG biofeedback provides a mirror into your brainwave functioning. As you are fed back the results of these inner workings, you begin to learn self management techniques permitting you to control attention, focus, and performance.

What Is The Impact On ADHD? You learn to manage the symptoms of ADHD, for example, improving attention and concentration. One of the applications of EEG Biofeedback is for the remediation of attention deficits, related behavioral disorders, and specific learning disabilities. This training procedure has been shown to increase patients' ability to pay attention, focus, and concentrate.
Studies have demonstrated that children with Attention Deficit Disorder who have completed this training have also shown significant improvement in classroom performance.

Description of Practice What Does The Patient Do? Our patients compare their training to that of gymnast or martial arts expert. Training the brain is similar to exercising and developing a muscle. As the training progresses, students are asked to perform cognitive skills such as math and reading.
Our EEG biofeedback instruments measure and process electrical signals from the brain and feed the results back to the patient and coach via video displays and games. The trainee begins to enjoy viewing the results and watching his or her ability to manage Brainwaves.
The computerized feedback lets participants know whether they are maintaining optimal brainwave states during these activities. The skill must be practiced until it becomes automatic(unconscious). In this process, students are developing learning strategies and quieting techniques which can be then used without the computerized feedback.

What Research Has Been Done? A growing number of studies are being published in research journals about the value of EEG Neurofeedback therapy for treating ADHD. Research shows that distinctly identifiable Brain signature pattern as present in children with learning disabilities and attention deficits, with and without hyperactivity.

What Are The Advantages Of EEG Training? With EEG training the child is empowered to take control of both attention and concentration. Training helps attention to be maintained when the child is not on medication: for example, at critical times of the day such as evening study hours when medication, if used, may interfere with sleep. Training also is the first step towards not requiring medication in order to concentrate on one�s work in future years.

Tell Me More About The Training Session. We begin each session discussing any impact previous sessions have had upon sleep, fidgeting, focus, school, play and listening. Then, depending upon the protocol chosen, the therapist will select one of the biofeedback instruments or learning tools available. Frequently, the student is encouraged to listen to Mozart or Baroque music playing in the background, a relaxation tape, or an individual motivational aid.
Most often the student sits in front of a computer screen and the electrodes are attached to the scalp. The sensors are only to measure Brainwave activity.
While the therapist monitors the session on a separate computer, the student receives visual and audio feedback in the form of a video game. This feedback gives positive reinforcement to the participant and trains the student to relax, increase alertness, focus, concentrate, stop fidgeting, and decrease impulsive approach to tasks.

How Long Does Training Take? Training typically takes approximately 20-40 sessions depending upon the complexity of the disorder. Frequency of the training varies from 2-3 times per week for a period of 4 months to 1 year. Progress can generally be noticed after about 20 training sessions. Changes in behavior in the home or classroom can usually be noticed after 2 to 4 months of training.

How Long Do The Results Of Training Last? Long term follow up indicates that the improvement appears to be long lasting.

Are Standardized Tests Used To Help Evaluate Progress? Yes, standardized intelligence and academic testing may be done, at the parents� request, with the school or a psychologist before and after training has been completed. At Inner Act, we utilize the Computerized Test Of Variables Of Attention (T.O.V.A.) which we administer before, and at intervals during, the training.

How Long Has This Training Method been Used? EEG technology has been utilized in training epileptics to manage seizures for over 25 years It has been used for solving attention problems for over 20 years.

Achieving Peak Performance Peak performance occurs when a person's mind is aroused but their body is relaxed.
Few people can achieve this state naturally; for the rest of us, it has to be a learned process, beginning with an awareness of one's mental habits, followed by learning to improve those habits through exercise, challenge and practice. Peak performance will mean different things to different people, depending on the result they are trying to achieve. Whether you are a professional golfer looking to trim your score by a few critical strokes, or a student who wants to get the maximum benefit out of the study time available, biofeedback can help you achieve your goal. Biofeedback is a process of coaching attentiveness and improving effectiveness.

See more at Rae Tattenbaum's website, Inner Act.

 

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