Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior
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What is ASD?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neuro-developmental disorder that is multifactorial and systemic (involves the entire body). The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Persons diagnosed with ASD have difficulty with social communication and generally find it difficult to interact with others. They may have difficulty with relationships, transitions or change. Common symptoms include difficulty with social interactions, difficulty with communication, repetitive behaviors and obsessive interests.
What Causes ASD?
The autistic spectrum represents a wide range of disorders with multi factorial causes. Studies suggest that cognitive differences in persons with ASD may be linked to abnormal brain wave patterns. Many characteristic behaviors of ASD have been directly correlated with atypical brain waves. High Beta patterns in persons with ASD have been linked to obsession, over focusing, and anxiety. High Theta activity can lead to inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Decreased peak Alpha wave patterns in children with ASD have been linked to difficulty in social communication, non-verbal communication and overall conversational deficits.
Why didn’t my doctor check my child’s Brain Electrical Activity?
Many physicians are unaware of the relationship between abnormal brainwave activity and ASD symptoms. Also, they are not familiar with neurofeedback and don’t have the equipment or skills to analyze brain electrical activity by performing a Brain MAP. Physicians commonly check the electrical activity of the heart by doing an EKG. but only tend to request brain electrical activity testing if there is an obvious seizure disorder
“Realizing the positive effects that neurofeedback training has had on our pilot group and staff, we are now offering it to all our children with Spectrum Disorders and those within the community who suffer from financial hardship. We know we have an amazing opportunity to change lives in special ways.”
Why Does My Child Need a Brain Map?
If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, a Brain Map may help determine the underlying abnormal brain electrical activity and provide a map to successful treatment.
- Abnormal Body Posturing or Facial Expressions
- Abnormal Tone of Voice
- Avoidance of Eye Contact or Poor Eye Contact
- Behavioral Disturbances
- Deficits in Language Comprehension
- Delay in Learning to Speak
- Difficulty in social communication
- Flat or Monotonous Speech
- impulsivity and hyperactivity
- Inappropriate Social Interaction
- Intense Focus on One Topic
- Lack of Empathy
- Lack of Understanding Social Cues
- Learning Disability or Difficulty
- Not Engaging in Play With Peers
- Poor impulse control
- Preoccupation With Specific Topics
- Problems With Two-Way Conversation
- Repeating Words or Phrases
- Repetitive Movements
- Self-Abusive Behaviors
- Sleep Disturbances
- Social Withdrawal
- Unusual Reactions in Social Settings
- Using Odd Words or Phrases
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How does Neurofeedback Help with ASD?
The overall goal of Neurofeedback therapy is an activated, engaged brain and an overall long-term reduction of symptoms. Neurofeedback helps reduce the symptoms of ASD by regulating and transforming brainwave activity. Neurofeedback therapy can balance & harmonize specific brain wave frequencies that lead to greater emotional regulation and improved social communication functions.
How does Neurofeedback help with ASD?
Research on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) shows that neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) can remediate anomalies in brain activation, leading to symptom reduction and functional improvement. This evidence raises the hopes for a behavioral, psychophysiological intervention moderating the severity of ASD. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a lack of appropriate eye contact, facial expression, social interaction, communication, and restricted repetitive behavior.
Neurofeedback is a SAFE and EFFECTIVE
Nondrug approach for treating ASD Naturally.
Neurofeedback is painless, non-invasive, uses no drugs, and can be expertly and easily performed by the skilled technicians at The Brain Wave Center.
Neurofeedback focuses on retraining the brain. Each neurofeedback session lasts 20-30 minutes. Addressing ASD usually requires 20-40 sessions, however positive results can be seen after only 10-15 sessions.
Is there evidence Neurofeedback works?
Yes! For your convenience, we have placed several research papers on our website showing the effectiveness of neurofeedback for ASD symptoms. They can be found here:
The Benefits of Neurofeedback:
- Safe and Non-invasive for Adults and Children
- May Eliminate Medications
- Long-Lasting Results
- Sessions Are Enjoyable
- Improves Overall Brain Health
Did You Know?
Autistic Spectrum Behaviors Are Associated With Abnormal Brain Electrical Activity
To date, there are no medications that successfully address the myriad of symptoms seen with ASD. Costs for care for one ASD individual can approach or exceed $60,000 a year.According to a recent study funded by Autism Speaks, the lifetime costs of autism average $1.4 million to $2.4 million. However, the cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
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Major ASD Symptoms
Most have some problems with communication, including these:
- Delayed speech and language skills
- Flat, robotic speaking voice, or singsong voice
- Echolalia (repeating the same phrase over and over)
- Problems with pronouns (saying “you” instead of “I,” for example)
- Not using or rarely using common gestures, and not responding to them
- Inability to stay on topic when talking or answering questions
- Not recognizing sarcasm or joking
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Dickinson, A., DiStefano, C., Senturk, D., & Spurling- Jeste, S. (2018). Peak alpha frequency is a neural marker of cognitive function across the autism spectrum. European Journal of Neuroscience, 47,643-651. doi:10.1111/ejn.13645.
Friedrich, E., Sivanathan, A., Lim, T., Suttie, N., Louchart, S., Pillen, S., & Pineda, J. (2015). An effective neurofeedback intervention to improve social interactions in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45,4084- 4100. Doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2523-5
Pereira, J., Supulvuda, P., Rana, M., Montalba, C., Tejos, C., Torres, C., Sitaram, R., Ruiz, S. (2019). Self- regulation of the fusiform face area in Autism Spectrum: A feasibility study with real time fMRI- neurofeedback. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13 (446)