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The MindLab approach to children and mental health

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New applied neuroscience clinic MindLab opens in Singapore with services catering to both children and adults.

MindLab is an applied neuroscience clinic that was recently launched in Singapore. The clinic taps on a team of board-certified professionals with a variety of educational and training backgrounds. The team uses evidence-based brain training with technology and treatment modalities such as qEEG (brain mapping), psychophysiological stress profile, neurocognitive testing, neurofeedback, biofeedback and neurostimulation.

According to MindLab, they work with individuals aged 6 and above with the use of Neurofeedback. This is a safe and fun form of brain training that suits children well because their brains are are more malleable. The use of Neurofeedback can further enhance this plasticity and optimise brain functioning in a safe and steady manner. Neurofeedback has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an efficient treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

We discussed MindLab’s approach and services for children with Santiago Brand, Founder of MindLab.

Family of Fathers (FoF): Can you share about how MindLab’s services benefit children? 

Santiago Brand (SB): Parents, teachers and counsellors seek our assistance and services for several reasons. Their children’s grades are falling, they have trouble focusing or sitting still, they have become aggressive, they have become oppositional and defiant, cannot sleep well, are anxious or unhappy.

While many of these behaviors may be obvious from the outside, what we do not know is why or what is causing them.

Our qEEG brain mapping technology allows us to see the brain’s electrical patterns (EEG) and helps us determine the how and the why. We can find with precision accuracy which areas of the brain are working well and can be further optimised and which areas of the brain need fine tuning.

For example, some ADHD cases may be caused by sleep disturbances or sleep disorders. We have seen epileptiform discharges that can correlate to aggression or memory loss and yet the child has never had a seizure. In the latter we always work hand in hand with a neurologist.  

FoF: What types of services would you recommend for children? 

SB: Our Brain mapping and neurocognitive testing.

These assessments allow us to collect valuable and important information that guide us in implementing the appropriate training protocol. Brain training with neurofeedback and hemoencephalography are also highly recommended as we can optimise brain functioning for better performance.

Biofeedback for stress management and self-regulation is also quite popular as the child can learn to efficiently manage their own emotions while playing a video game that responds to their brain activity, mood, emotions and thoughts. 

FoF: What are the differences between managing adults and children through your services at MindLab?

SB: While the assessments and training services we offer are quite similar, children and parents often times require additional interventions such as parent training and behavior modification training, which efficiently enhance the parenting style and child’s behavior therefore achieving a more harmonious relationship at home. 

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FoF: Given the recent focus on mental health, what are the areas to pay attention to for children?

SB: It is quite important to mind your child’s emotions; while children do not have the language capacity to express their emotions as adults do, there are warning signs. It is important to clarify them as they may be a sign that something is amiss, and it is important to seek professional help once they are noticed. This include:

  • Bursts of anger, both physical and/or verbal
  • Periods of sadness and crying for no apparent reason
  • Becoming socially and verbally withdrawn
  • Grades and school performance falling
  • Recurring thoughts or fantasies of violence and harm towards others
  • Manifesting a clear dislike for an adult in their environment 

FoF: How would MindLab help to train or reinforce positives through your services and technology? 

SB: Our brain training methodology fosters neuroplasticity, making the brain more malleable and adaptable. What we do is train the brain to create new wiring, new networks that allow the individual to perform better, feel happier, and be healthier. Positive thinking is just one of the byproducts of neurofeedback and other brain training modalities. We are helping create a new and better version of each client who works with us. 

FoF: What are some price ranges for parents interested in MindLab’s services for their children?

SB: Our initial assessment is SGD 900 which includes the qEEG brain map, psychophysiological stress profile, neurocognitive testing and a comprehensive written report.

Our neurofeedback brain training packages are done in 20 session blocks, but we offer payment options. 5 sessions for SGD 925, 10 Sessions for SGD 1,850 and 20 sessions for SGD 3,330.

Our biofeedback training programs are 5 sessions for SGD 925 and 10 sessions for SGD 1,850.

We also offer counselling and Brainspotting.

FoF: How can children benefit the most with MindLab?

SB: What makes our training quite appealing to parents and children is that they control a video game only with their brain activity. There is no usage of the mouse, keyboard or any other external controllers. The video game, movies or other feedback respond to the brain’s activity and the client learns to modify that activity.

It is a fun and efficient way of optimising focus, memory, and sleep, with more learning and better overall performance.

Children and parents alike start reporting positive changes within the first 5 sessions.


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