All Kinds of News for September 14, 2016
In their commitment to best-in-class treatment, Calo Programs employs in its programs a full-time Board Certified Neurotherapist and many neuro technicians. These neuro technicians deliver cutting edge neuro-interventions. A few examples of these interventions include: (1) brain mapping, (2) neurofeedback, (3) Heart Rate Variability (HRV) biofeedback and (4) Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). These interventions quiet the fear-driven brain and foster a sense of safety. The effects of these evidenced-based interventions can include improved mood, better attention and sleep, diminished anxiety, and more.
Brain Mapping or Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG) provides a real-time brain functioning image that isolates instabilities and dysregulations in the brain, the source of many of the trauma symptoms and behaviors. This Brain Map provides the road map for targeted and individualized treatment.
Neurofeedback (NFB) is a form of evidence-based brain training that uses the reward system in the brain to practice self-regulation. NFB helps the brain change by releasing dopamine into the sub-cortical regions, informing the brain to re-wire or change its frequency to something that it enjoys or wants to promote. The result is an increase in the efficiency of neurological processing, i.e. sensory systems integrate, cognitive speed increases and attention networks become flexible – all of which allows the traumatized brain to be more prepared for engaging in relationship.
HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV) BIOFEEDBACK
Traumatized bodies function in a state of chronic stress and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) rhythms are irregular. HRV is a leading, evidence-based biofeedback technique that teaches, through focused breathing technique, heart-lung coherence. When the lung influences the heart rate, we experience self-regulation. When we breathe in, we distribute oxygen to the body. When we breathe out, the heart rests and slows down. Through HRV, we teach our clients to produce coherent heart rhythms, impacting anxiety, depression, increased memory and reactivity to stress.
INTEGRATED LISTENING SYSTEMS (iLS)
iLs is a multi-sensory listening therapy that improves brain function. The iLs programs offer cutting edge technologies that provide gentle and specific stimulation to the brain in order to activate neural pathways used in the processing of sensory information. During this treatment neuronal connections in these pathways are strengthened allowing for better processing, regulation and attention.
Scott Kuenneke, Calo's Director of Neurotherapies, reports that Calo Programs complete frequent studies to validate the effectiveness of treatment. He noted, "All humans have 4 brain frequencies: Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta. The images we track show a before and after on each of these frequencies for a student enrolled in Neurotherapies training. For example, any coloration in a brain image is an indication of deviation from the norm. White is normal while red is 3 standard deviations from normal. It's not uncommon for all four brain waves to be impacted positively after experiencing Calo Neurotherapy, which leads to increased regulation and focus, as well as less anxiety. These changes are dramatic and will change the course of this student’s life".
About Calo Programs
Calo (“kay-low”) Programs is a behavioral and mental health provider specializing in healing the effects of complex developmental trauma. Calo is comprised of Calo Teens, Calo Preteens, (both residential programs located in Lake Ozark, MO predominately serving adoptive families), New Vision Wilderness, trauma informed outdoor behavioral health programs in Wisconsin and Oregon ("NVW”), Calo Young Adults, a transitional living program for young adults on Winchester, VA and Embark by Calo, a therapeutic workshop and family intensive assessment and treatment program for those reeling from issues of trauma, attachment and adoption.