Some of the hardest working parents I know have autistic children. Each child is different, with unique issues and needs. It takes focus, energy, and time to help reattach a child to this world we call “normal.”
Neurofeedback has been shown to be helpful for autism. A quote from an article that reviews Neurofeedback can be found below. It cites many studies and outcomes. Also, you can find a list of the most current academic and medical studies here.
My concussion did not give me autism. However, before I found auditory integration training (a tip from the mother of a child who had used it), deep bass noises would make my cry, then get hysterical. While I was standing, say, next to a copy machine crying my eyes out – I KNEW there was nothing wrong, but couldn’t stop the tears. Once someone was breaking a large number into smaller numbers for payment purposes. When the number wasn’t exact, I got so upset I had to insist that the number be perfectly divided. So I have some insight into what it is like to look out at the world that didn’t behave the way I needed it to behave. Neurofeedback helped me relax my need for order and restored my ability adapt to the world as I needed to.
At MindPath we will do a quick evaluations of your child’s brainwaves and then we can discuss what might happen next. Neurofeedback is not a one-time magic pill. However, with repetition improvements can occur. Depending on where we start, we may either use my home office or my professional office – the home office has more room to move around.
We can also discuss what might help you, the parent, of the autistic child. What do you do to take care of yourself? How do you restore your spirits and energy?
From,”What is Neurofeedback” by D. Corydon Hammond
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Journal of Neurotherapy, 15:305–336, 2011 Copyright # Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1087-4208 print=1530-017X online DOI: 10.1080/10874208.2011.623090
“There is a quite signiﬁcant body of research that has now appeared on the neurofeedback treatment of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (Coben & Myers, 2010; Coben & Pudolsky, 2007a;Jarusiuwicz,2002;Knezevic,Thompson, & Thompson, 2010; Kouijzer, de Moor, Gerrits, Buitelaar,&vanSchie,2009;Kouijzer,deMoor, Gerrits, Congedo, & van Schie, 2009; Kouijzer, van Schie, de Moor, Gerrits, & Buitelaar, 2010; Pineda et al., 2007; Pineda et al., 2008; Scolnick, 2005; Sichel, Fehmi, & Goldstein, 1995).
L. Thompson, Thompson, and Reid (2010) reported on a case series of 150 Asperger’s Syndrome patients and nine autism spectrum disorder patients who received 40 to 60 sessions, commonly with some supplementary peripheral biofeedback. They found very statistically signiﬁcant improvements in measures of attention, impulsivity, auditory and visual attention, reading, spelling, arithmetic, EEG measures, and an average full scale IQ score gain of 9 points. Some of the studies just cited were control group studies.
There has also been a placebo controlled study (Pineda et al., 2008), and there have been 6-month (Kouijzer et al., 2010) and 1-year follow-ups (Kouijzer et al., 2009) documenting maintenance of positive results.
A review of neurofeedback with autism spectrum problems, which includes a review of unpublished papers presented as scientiﬁc meetings, has been published by Coben, Linden, and Myers (2010). In an as-yet-unpublished study cited by those authors using neurofeedback and HEG training, Coben found a 42% reduction in overall autistic symptoms, including a 55% decrease in social interaction deﬁcits and improvements in communication and social interaction deﬁcits of 55% and 52%, respectively. Overall, neurofeedback has positive research support as a beneﬁcial treatment with autism spectrum problems, with ﬁndings of positive changes in brain function, attention, IQ, impulsivity, and parental assessments of other problem behaviors such as communication, stereotyped and repetitive behavior, reciprocal social interactions, and sociability. Although neurofeedback is certainly not a cure for these conditions, it appears to usually produce signiﬁcant improvements in these chronic conditions.”