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Old 12-10-2007, 10:36 PM
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The Bellefonds Method


I'm not sure if I remember this right. But ion tv had a rehash of a 48 hrs. show concerning the brain and brain growth. Bellafonds European brain training was shown. Has anyone heard of it?
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I have not, but found some info pretty quickly:

Bellefonds Method- Aerobics for The Brain

Cognitive Retraining Techniques based on the Bellefonds Method
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:43 AM
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thnx


wow, ok thanks. I wonder if it would work for epilepsy, or is there enough research to even fathom a guess?
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I don't know. Some of it sounds similar to the Andrews-Reiter (AR) approach, but I think the AR approach is more specific to seizure control.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:55 PM
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This is interesting Shelley. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:33 AM
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Andrews-Reiter (AR) approach. What is this? I have not heard of it.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:27 AM
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See the chart for the Neurobehavioral / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Dr. Andrews is also a member here.
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Bellefonds


Hi I am one of the authors of the Bellefonds method.

The link to the website is:

http://www.learningstrategycenter.com

Which was not cited by Bernard.

The method only concerns LD resulting or in conjunction w/epilepsy and does require for it to be totally controled before considereing this methodology as certain aspects (use of headphones, certain "against the clock" exercises) can trigger an attack

BTW CBS was supposed to come top Eurpe to interview us at the time. Instead they interviewed a simple practitioner.... .

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Hi Isabel, welcome to the forum.

Thanks for popping in and explaining a little bit about the system as it relates to epilepsy. Are you aware of any statistics or studies on how people with epilepsy have done with the Bellefonds system?

I found the CBS story: Brain Aerobics
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Hi Bernard:

We were not happy with what the person in the interview said. You can't "fix" the brain, you can create compensating strategies based on cerebral plasticity.

Yes I do have a complete study in French with an epileptic population but only with the auditory processing componenent and not the total method.
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Were the results of the study published (even if it's in French)? I couldn't find anything in the usual sources when I searched the internet (a long time ago).
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you will not find it on the net. Stuff just started gettting onto the net in Europe in 2000 (archives etc). This article is from the early 90's. I'll dig around and see if I still have an offprint and send you one
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Wondering if this can be a link....


[I was filling out my disability forms and was having trouble describing my last job so I did a search to print out information and found this post. I worked in the ILA department in Pittsburgh under Dr. Nicholsen, as a Bellefonds Clinician. I worked in that department for over 4 years and also saw children in the evenings in our clinic. I never had a history of seizures while working there and was told that children with a history of seizures shouldn't participate in the program. I had my first seizure shortly after leaving Holy Family Institute as a Bellefonds Clinician. I'm now wondering if working 8 hours a day plus evening hours doing the therapy with children in some way triggered my seizure disorder. Very interesting that I found this information on this site now. I have been reading and posting on here since my diagnosis a few months ago.
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There is information throughout this website on psychogenic non-epileptic seizures - Psychological Non-Epileptic Seizures.

There is also more information and research being written about seizures caused by food sensitivities. Our SAD - Standard American Diet is causing a host of neurological disorders, and other medical symptoms. Which of course would not be related to work that you did, but more of a lifestyle choice. Something that is worth considering when ones work schedule does not allow for proper nutrition.

Also it is worth remembering... Seizures are only a symptom.
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I was referring more to the one portion of the Bellefonds Therapy that required the clinician and the student to listen to tapes/cd's that can trigger seizures (which is why we didn't accept anyone in the program with a seizure disorder). At the time of my employment I didn't know I had epilepsy. I didn't have my first seizure until right after I left. I know the therapy didn't cause my epilepsy I was just curious if exposing myself to the therapy for 8 hours a day and during my evening hours could have triggered it.
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I think exposing yourself to the therapy might have had a contributing role if you already had a low seizure threshold from some other factor. Did you leave the employment under stressful circumstances? Sometimes major changes (as in a relationship or job) can push someone over the seizure edge.

In my case for instance, aspartame and stresses related to the end of a long-term relationship were some of the likely initial seizure triggers for me. In anyone else, and by themselves they wouldn't have caused a seizure, but in combination, and with my pre-existing vulnerability (perhaps from a childhood head injury) they pushed me over the edge.
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