Neurofeedback therapy for autism is a powerful, natural form of brain training for autism and Asperger’s that allows the brain to watch itself and make tiny subtle adjustments to its functioning all at a sub-cortical level so it doesn’t require conscious effort, which makes it so easy for kids and adults to use neurofeedback for autism. Read more about neurofeedback.
What is autism?
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a lack of appropriate eye contact, facial expression, social interaction, communication, and restricted repetitive behavior. ASD represents a group of disorders, including Autism, PDD-nos, Rett’s Disorder, Child Disintegrative Disorder, and Asperger’s Disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2006) reported the prevalence of ASD as 2 to 6 per 1,000.
Science Daily Neurofeedback Helps with those with Autistic Disorders
Feb. 28, 2008 — “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.”
“To say that neurofeedback has changed our son Justin’s life is an understatement. Neurofeedback has opened Justin’s senses to a brave new world of possibilities where he is tuned into his environment and is learning to respond accordingly. Justin has found a new sense of calm, improved communication and a reduction in maladaptive behaviours. Justin’s sensitivity to loud sounds such as jackhammers, school bells etc has been completely eliminated. Justin’s speech has improved in both his receptive and expressive language use. Justin is a much happier boy and his improved social interactions have brought greater meaning to his life as he continues to explore the wonderful world around him.”
~ M.K Psychologist
We recommend at least two or more Neurofeedback session per week to gain the most optimal results. As with any training, the more you do the better the results and the faster you gain them.
Neurofeedback therapy for autism will initially have a calming effect on you or your child, which will:
- Improve sleep
- Decrease intensity and duration of tantrums
- Become less distressed by noises
- More interested and open to social interaction
- More tolerant of change and less restricted behaviours
Later cognitive skills improve including:
- Common sense
- Concentration and motivation
Watch a video here and listen to what other mums have to say.
Neurofeedback targets specific brainwaves to improve Autism Spectrum Disorder
Delta waves (0.5-4 hertz)
People with learning disorders, social impairments, often have high delta waves, a feeling of being zoned out.
Theta waves (4-8 hertz)
High theta waves are a characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorder, these are responsible for atypical sleepiness and difficulty in focusing on things outside themselves.
Alpha waves (8-12 hertz)
Increasing alpha waves may assist in calming, more awareness and being more relaxed in Autism Spectrum Disorder clients.
Sensorimotor Rythyms (12-15 hertz)
Low SMR waves in clients can cause involuntary movements or tics, impulsivity, sensory and motor difficulties.
Low beta waves (15-22 hertz)
When low causes a number of cognitive issues like poor concentration, slow processing and low mental energy even depression. When excessive can have similar over-arousal effects as High beta.
High beta waves (22-38 hertz)
The stress associated with sensory and cognitive disorders may cause high beta waves, also an increase in feelings of alarm and emotional intensity.
Excessive high beta causes generalised physical and emotional over–arousal which manifest as:
- Sensory overload
- Muscle tension
- Teeth grinding
- Poor sleep, etc.
Neurofeedback is a powerful and effective way to change you and/or your child’s life for the better.
Contact me via email or phone and we can discuss how I can help you and your child home neurofeedback in the convenience and privacy of your own home, fully supervised by a caring professional with 21 years experience.