Tribute to Margaret Ayers
Dr. Margaret Ayers was a pioneer in the science of neurofeedback. During her life she successfully treated hundreds of patients who suffered from closed head injuries, learning disabilities, stroke, coma, and disorders such as Autism. After leaving the employ of Dr. Barry Sterman, she developed equipment which gave “real time” digital EEG readings from the brain. This was essential to her work and success in treatment, which rests on the proven ability of the brain to learn to produce some frequencies and to inhibit others. She found that in patients with head trauma and psychological disorders, the brain was producing theta (4 – 7 Hz) frequencies in the area of the damage in phasic spikes or continuously. Individuals were trained to inhibit one frequency, 4 to 7 hertz, and following inhibition, produce 15 to 18 hertz.
She was the first person to open a private clinic specializing in neurofeedback, treating a host of difficult of conditions, from depression to level two coma. My research shows that she kept her office visit charges to around $45 per session, and treatments generally took 24 visits.
Please see her published reports on her clinical success using neurofeedback here: http://www.neuropathways.com/publication.list.html