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Autism, Asperger's, & Developmental Delays

Why is neurofeedback so important for anyone in the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s and developmental delays? According to research in a peer-reviewed journal, neurofeedback produces more positive change in more symptoms for autistic children than any other intervention. That research is not well known. For clinicians and families who have worked with neurofeedback, the changes can be profound.

Targeting the brain makes sense

Can an autistic or Aspergers child who struggles with his or her brain really train their own brain? Absolutely. And in significant ways.

We invite you to come see that for yourself. It makes much more sense after you see it.

You can physically watch the child train his brain. We monitor brain activity with very sophisticated EEG equipment. During training, you gradually see their brain activity CHANGE for the better. It becomes more organized, and better regulated. Over time, this training translates into changes such as better behavior, more attention, the ability to be more calm, and more awareness and connection. These are consistently reported by professionals and parents.

Cutting Edge

You can train a child with whom you can't communicate – or who can’t listen to your instructions. Brain training combines sophisticated brain technology with well-proven learning techniques. The same learning is used for training large whales, for training dogs, and for training people. All respond. The difference is that this learning directly trains brain behavior.

The technology and technique are complex for professionals to learn. There aren’t many health professionals who offer it for autistic children – much less understand it. In South Florida, our Center provides the most experience and expertise in brain training to parents. We’ve trained for years with several of the top experts in the country.

What kind of changes do you see?

For most kids, the changes you notice first once training starts are: 1) improved sleep, and 2) the ability to self-calm (that’s part of self-regulation).

Most autistic spectrum children become easily overwhelmed. That’s why there’s so much sensory integration work going on. But it’s so much more efficient to train the brain itself to calm. There are specific areas of the brain that play a role in self-calming. If they don’t work well or are overwhelmed, the child (or adult) will have a very difficult time calming. By strengthening the part of the brain that calms through training, it gives every other technique the chance to work better.

Most people have a hard time understanding how it is possible for an autistic spectrum child to train their brain. Yet this group responds so consistently to brain training. For most kids, changes aren’t subtle – they have a big impact on the lives of the family and the child. Why? Neurofeedback trains more organized, better regulated brain activity. Autistic spectrum children have very disorganized brains with clear patterns of dysregulation. For most kids, it’s obvious with a brain map.
You can see it.

We believe the most difficult brains often show the most improvement, because they have the furthest to improve. Ever subtle changes can show up as changes in the child’s behavior. The more neurofeedback you do, the more the individual learns to self-regulate. However, it doesn’t take that many sessions for parents to notice changes.

Other Changes

When you help improve self-regulation, and when the brain starts to calm down and become better regulated, many other symptoms start to improve. These include eye contact, attention, and becoming more interactive and engaging with other people.

Case Examples

6 year old Autistic Boy, very hyperactive, extremely limited speech.

Since starting the neurofeedback, the first thing the mom reported was that he became very “chatty” – though much of the speech initially was unintelligible or at just very limited words. As training has increased, he has become much more calm. He can sit still for much longer periods of time. He is continuing to speak more, in context, and in response to what it going on around him. His teachers are reporting he is doing “awesome” in school, really paying attention, and learning better.

Video: 6 year old Autistic boy using Neurofeedback.

Interview with Darlene, his mom who was referred for neurofeedback by his Occupational Therapist. She reports “the benefits outweighed any other therapies we’ve done.” She reported that he’s become more relaxed, more verbal. He’s more social, interacting with others in ways she never thought he could do. And more conversational. Created by EEGinfo.


 

8 year old Autistic Boy, in a special school.

After 1 year of training with neurofeedback, here are some of the changes reported:

  • Medications reduced by half.
  • He increasingly expressed ideas and asked questions.
  • Speech was too rapid to understand. It’s now slower and more distinct. Loud outbursts are now infrequent and softer.
  • He asks for hugs and will initiate touch.
  • Interacts with siblings and can do some group work at school for the first time.
  • Responds more appropriately to parental directions.
  • Improved balance and gross motor control.
  • Tolerates changes in his environment better than before.
  • Mood more stable and positive

> Courtesy of EEG Spectrum

Research Articles

“In a 2006 study using connectivity-guided neurofeedback, pre-post analyses showed a 40 percent reduction in autistic symptoms and enhancement of function between the brain and behavior.”

> Click here to read the full research study.


Researcher at California-Davis points to environmental factors increasing autism.

> Click here to read the full article.


Article on compelling research implicating aluminum in vaccines for autism spectrum and ADHD (and Alzheimer’s?)

> Click here to read the full article.



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