Neurofeedback for Autism


Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback which employs electroencephalography (EEG) and functional neuroimaging processes to focus upon the central nervous system and the brain. By using monitoring devices attached through sensors on the scalp, neurofeedback detects, amplifies and records brain activity, pinpointing areas of the brain that are either hyperactive or disconnected.

Neurofeedback training (NFT) can be initiated as early as age one or two and may provide a foundation for treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Doctors believe that autistic brain lack the basic “pruning” skills that are a natural process of early neurotypical brain development.

NFT helps remediate brain imbalances of excitation and inhibition through the careful guidance of a trained practitioner. Nerves with high connectivity are assisted with advanced NFT approaches that facilitate coherence. Deficient active nerves are brought to a level of normal function that helps build rapport between the brain and body.

Often, the trainee is not consciously aware of the mechanisms by which ensuing positive changes are accomplished. They experience no pain during the non-invasive, drug-free experience.

While not definitive, a recent scientific study does suggest that improvement in the condition of children with autism after undergoing NFT is actually because it addresses a co-morbid condition of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Although the study acknowledges that it was limited in scope, it casts doubt that NFT is appropriate for ASD alone.

Like Sensory Processing Disorder, ADD frequently goes hand in hand with autism. Few children with autism escape concomitant problems. The heartening take away is that improvement in one area carries over into others.

For more information on neurofeedback and autism you may choose to attend this free webinar.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Moffitt is the mother of high functioning twin sons with autism. When not advocating for them, she pursues her multiple creative passions of fine art, piano composition and writing. She is the author of "Upstream," a compilation of poetry, fiction and anecdotal tales that deal with raising twins with autism. For more information, visit http://SusanMoffitt.com

6 Responses to Neurofeedback for Autism

  1. Laura Atwood says:

    Completely agree with this article. Brain State Technologies (http://www.brainstatetech.com) has seen over a 90% success rate with Autism.

  2. Susan says:

    thanks for the link.

    SM

  3. Bill Harney says:

    I believe the 90% success rate of Brain State Technologies is higher than most neurofeedback providers see with ASD, I think 70% is more common depending on how you define success.

    I work with an MD and have been providing neurofeedback services for 2 1/2 years for a young girl diagnosed with ASD. She’s made incredible gains including developing a sense of empathy, a continually improving sense of humor, and being able to fly on a plane without having a melt down.
    Bill

  4. Susan says:

    Very cool!

  5. Emilio Matzek says:

    Derivatives of the EEG technique include evoked potentials (EP), which involves averaging the EEG activity time-locked to the presentation of a stimulus of some sort (visual, somatosensory, or auditory). Event-related potentials (ERPs) refer to averaged EEG responses that are time-locked to more complex processing of stimuli;”….-

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  6. Karen says:

    Many families world wide do neurofeedback at home for their autistic children and adults. Neurofeedback saved our family. To look into purchasing your own equipment, training and support you can go to http://www.brain-trainer.com
    Brain-trainer’s main goal is to make practical effective brain training accessible to individuals, families and professionals worldwide for a broad range of problems of daily life, with the most reasonable prices and best support in the field.

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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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