Autism is a condition that affects 1 in 45 adults according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While we are, as individuals, as different as snowflakes, we also have some pretty big similarities–like our brains. We have discovered a great deal about how the brain functions and it’s neuroplastic ability to change and remodel its structure and create pathways to improve (or not) brain functionality. We have learned that our brainwaves can go off-track resulting in unwanted states or behaviors. We have also learned that there is a way to get these brainwaves back on-track so the brain can perform and function at its very best. Neurofeedback teaches brain self-regulation. Once the client’s brain has learned how to self-regulate, the individual tends to remember (we don’t usually forget how to ride a bike). Unlike medication, neurofeedback has no side effects.
Neurofeedback has been able to help with the following ASD symptoms:
- Touch and contact
- Focus and attention
- Parent or teacher instruction
- Social interaction
- Tolerance to change
Dr. Robert Coben, a neuropsychologist from New York, and his colleague, Dr. Ilean Padolsky, performed a study that included 37 Autistic Spectrum Disorder children. The study was called “Assessment-Guided Neurofeedback for Autistic Spectrum Disorder,” and the results of his research showed improved ratings of ASD symptoms for 89% of the experimental group.
View the study here
If you have autism, we hope you will give us a call.