Neurofeedback Pioneer Dr. Laurence Hirshberg to Speak at NESCA Friday, May 7, 2010

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Clinical Psychologist and Brown University Medical School Professor Laurence Hirshberg, Ph.D., director of the NeuroDevelopment Center in Providence, Rhode Island, will discuss neurofeedback, a type of EEG (electroencephalograph)-based biofeedback, from 2:30 - 4:30pm on Friday, May 7, 2010 at NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents). Dr. Hirshberg is regarded as a pioneer in this expanding field and one of this country's leading practitioners. Research indicates that neurofeedback is an effective therapeutic modality in the treatment of conditions ranging from anxiety and ADHD to behavioral problems, depression, mood disregulation, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. This important event is free and open to the public; seating is limited. For reservations, call Ty Curran at 617-658-9800.

Dr. Ann Helmus, founder and director of NESCA, will welcome Laurence Hirshberg, Ph.D. to her Newton private practice on Friday, May 7th for a stimulating discussion of neurofeedback, a technique coming to be recognized as safe and effective in the treatment of a wide variety of neurologically-based conditions.

A clinical psychologist, Dr. Hirshberg directs the NeuroDevelopment Center in Providence, Rhode Island, a private multi-disciplinary practice providing traditional and innovative assessment and intervention options for individuals with neurologically-based difficulties, including problems with attention, anxiety, mood, social relatedness, learning and behavior.

Dr. Hirshberg is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of the Brown University Medical School. He recently served as Guest Editor and contributor to a special issue of the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America devoted to emerging brain-based interventions in applied neuroscience, including neurofeedback.

He is also conducting a study of neurofeedback for the treatment of symptoms of depression in adolescents with Prof. Fred Rothbaum of Tufts University, a study of neurofeedback for remediation of cognitive deficits after pediatric cancer treatment with Dr. Christine Trask of Hasbro Hospital and an investigation of quantitative EEG markers of autistic spectrum disorders in collaboration with the New York University Brain Research Center.

He has specialized in work with neurodevelopmental disorders for over 15 years and consults and trains educators and clinicians across New England. Dr. Hirshberg has published and presented in many areas of clinical psychology and child development.

Dr. Hirshberg is certified in EEG biofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. He has been selected as a Fellow by the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and has served on the Executive Board of the EEG Division of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

A satellite office of the NeuroDevelopment Center (Tel. 401-351-7779) will soon open in Cambridge, MA, at One Bow Street, near Harvard Square.

For additional information about NESCA, its programs and services, please call Todd Helmus at 617-658-9813, visit our website: http://www. or read our blog, NESCA News, at


NESCA evaluates and treats children - aged pre-school through adolescence - who are confronted by developmental, learning or emotional challenges. NESCA offers a full range of neuropsychological testing, diagnostic and treatment services, specializing in the evaluation and remediation of nonverbal and other learning disabilities, assessment of executive functioning and ADHD, special education issues, school placements and tutoring, as well as projective testing, counseling, social skills development and yoga-based, mind-body integration therapy.

A specialized clinical division, TDC - The Developmental Collaborative at NESCA, provides diagnostic and treatment services for children with autism spectrum disorders ranging in age from two years through early adulthood.

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