He Stood as Still as a Statue: Neurofeedback SuccessMost parents get excited when their child builds a complex K’nex kit or figure out a super hard math problem, but today I am thrilled to share that my son stood as still as a statue!

Before neurofeedback standing still was not an option for Michael. No matter how hard he tried, in some way he had to fidget. Even if it meant just moving his fingers or tapping his foot, his body could never be in a non-moving statis.

Today we were waiting at the deli counter at the grocery store, and he was fidgeting and moving around. Normally I just ignore it, but today I said, “Michael, can’t you stand still?” He looked at me and said, “I will stand as still as a statue.” And he DID!! I kid you not, I almost started crying. It was for nearly 30 seconds that he was a statue. Before neurofeedback he couldn’t even do that for 5 seconds.

All of a sudden, Michael has domain over his body. He could choose to fidget or not. And this is amazing. It shows tremendous progress in the maturity of his nervous system. And he’s only had 8 neurofeedback sessions.

Update: 4 years after neurofeedback was completed, Michael has no problem waiting or sitting still. When I asked him what was the best thing he got out of neurofeedback, he said, “I don’t have to move my body if I don’t want to.”

Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau is a licensed professional clinical counselor and educational consultant in Ventura County, California. Her goal is to help parents of neurodivergent individuals find strategies and solutions to help their children succeed in school and in life. Bonnie is also the author of Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to Prevail in the Special Education Process and Find Life-long Strategies for You and Your Child.