Autism Spectrum Disorder
and Asperger’s Syndrome
Has your child been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder?
Do you struggle with treatment options for your child and worry about which route is best?
For parents of a child on the autism spectrum, there are unique stressors added. You are not alone in feeling frustrated or worried about the life your child will have. Neurofeedback is an emerging treatment option for autism. Through neurofeedback therapy treatments, specific brain activation is targeted that can lead to symptom reduction and functional improvement. It can support your child with behaviour management and stereotypies, emotional stability, social communication, speech development, and academic performance.
LIVING WITH AUTISM IS DIFFICULT
While autism can be diagnosed at any age, symptoms usually appear in the first two years of a child’s life. It’s during these developmental years that signs and symptoms emerge. Autism can cause difficulty in communication, repetitive behaviours, anxiety, and affect your child’s life in school, work, and in social relationships. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, it can affect two people drastically differently, meaning a specific, personalized approach is required.
TREATMENTS CAN INCLUDE A COMBINATION OF THE FOLLOWING:
Neurofeedback and Autism
Studies have shown more than one brain pattern associated with autism. Some patterns are associated with inattention, impulsivity, and hyperarousal, while other patterns are associated with obsessions and overfocusing. Since autism is a spectrum, it is integral to have an initial assessment, including a QEEG (brain map), to know which pattern is present and understand what to work on.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH NEUROFEEDBACK
Neurofeedback targets the areas of the brain critical in a child’s early development. This type of training affects the areas of the brain where patterns associated with autism affect, and it usually takes longer to have noticeable effects. Common initial improvements we see is increased attention, followed by improvements in academic performance, speech, and social skills. Throughout the duration of our treatment, we also see gradual decreases in autistic behaviours.
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