Paediatric EEGs – by Tiff Thompson


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This talk looks at neurobiological development and brain functioning (EEG) in instances of developmental trauma (molestation, abuse and neglect), relative to healthy upbringing. The human brain is created by both nature and nurture, or lack thereof, as it evolves through early life. This lecture begins by focusing on the reptilian brain, crucial for innate reflexive functioning. From an evolutionary perspective, the reptilian brain is fully functional at birth and the second layer—the limbic system —is prepared for the organizational experiences of early life.

This developmental stage is fundamental for sensory processing, which informs the attachment relationship and impacts brain networks, and one’s sense of self. While the neuronal development of the brain’s first and second layers are virtually complete at birth; soon after birth “wiring” (the branching of dendrites) and creation of oligodendrocytes (myelination) begins to occur from the limbic structures into the cortex. It is this third layer that allows for self-conscious awareness, among other qualities. Most of our significant early emotional and intellectual experiences, those that shape our later perceptions and reactions, occur when the limbic and reptilian structures are in dominance.

Thus, many of our social-emotional reactions and behaviors are literally programmed beneath the surface of our consciousness.

This lecture aims to:

1) Equip clinicians with the eyes to see patterns of trauma both behaviorally and in the EEG/QEEG,
2) Source the region of the brain and networks that have been impacted by trauma, and
3) Apply practical and effective therapeutic modalities in the fields of neurofeedback, neurostimulation, and psychotherapy to address the traumatized soul.