Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. The diagnosis of Autism is based on a constellation of behavioral symptoms like social difficulties, fixated interests, obsessive or repetitive actions and unusually intense or dulled reactions to sensory stimulation. There is currently no cure for autism, but autism symptoms can be greatly improved with neurofeedback training.
Recent research suggests that the core symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder are associated with abnormalities in neural connectivity. Disordered connectivity interferes with the normal synchronization of behavioral networks and compromises communication within and between these systems. This produces abnormal processing of sensory inputs necessary for normal behavior. Neurofeedback treats autism by enhancing brain connectivity. Enhanced brain connectivity is associated with better self regulation and more appropriate responses to environmental stimuli.
What to Expect with Neurofeedback Training for Autism:
The first step of Treating Autism with Neurofeedback is getting a QEEG Brain Map. The brain map will give detailed information about deficits in brain connectivity. After the brain map is conducted and explained to the client, the neurofeedback training begins. In most cases, we utilize Infraslow Neurofeedback (ISF) due to its ability to calm overheated sensory networks and reduce emotional reactivity. This form of neurofeedback has proved exceptionally useful in helping with the sensory entrapment of a sensitive autistic brain in a painfully intense world. Moreover, ISF has demonstrated success in helping with social connection. For more information, please read our recent publication.
. During the neurofeedback training sessions, the client watches a computer screen while electrodes are attached to the scalp via paste. The electrodes pick up the electrical activity the in brain and this information is compared to a database of control scans to determine which brain waves need to be changed and in what direction. The clinician monitors and controls the software and makes adjustments based on the client’s feedback.
Neurofeedback Services of New York is one of few treatment centers that offers Infraslow Neurofeedback.
In a recent study an Infraslow Neurofeedback treatment program was established at a special needs school in New York City. This children at this school present with a variety of issues, including autism, ADHD, and reactive attachment disorder. Seventeen students were placed in the Infraslow Neurofeedback program. Of the seventeen students, ten of them were diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. Fourteen of the 17 students had a definite positive response to ISF neurofeedback training that involved either: (1) a significant reduction of behavioral disruptions, (2) a reduction or elimination of psychotropic medication, and/or (3) improved ability to sustain attention during class and continued academic progress.
For complete details about this study please read the full article here.