How Do Autistic Brains Differ?
Research shows that neuron activity in the brain differs in individuals with autism from those with normal brain development. They have more connections in some areas, and less in other areas, causing imbalances. In the assessments we do, the brainwave imbalances are measured, giving us the information we need to create a training program to improve brain function at the core level.
How Can Neurofeedback Training Help A Person With Autism?
At the Carlton Neurofeedback Center, we train children with autism to better control their brainwave patterns using audio and visual feedback. During a regular training session, your child’s brain waves are detected through sensors placed on their scalp. While their brain`s output is being measured, the child is relaxing, watching a movie or video that holds their interest.
The neurofeedback measurements allow the program to “feedback” to their brain in the form of changed audio and visual inputs. (If you were in the room with them, which is typical, you would see the movie go in and out of focus in response to the measurements of their brainwave output.)
Like Learning How To Ride A Bike
Remember how it was when you first tried to ride a bike? Or, if not that, how to swim, or maybe play an instrument? At first, you were most likely not very good at it. However, over time, with practice, and instruction from your coach or parent, you gradually mastered the new skill. This method of learning is known as “operant conditioning”. It`s a fully natural process that we use every day to learn how to do anything new.
That`s precisely how neurofeedback training works. – No side effects, and over time their brain learns to “Stay Balanced” on it`s own. – Leading to long-term improvements in communication, memory, focus, concentration, and many other areas.
What outcomes can I expect from my child as a result of neurofeedback training?
Parents typically tell us that their children become calmer, are better able to manage their emotions, and are no longer so easily overwhelmed. On average, they report a 26% improvement in ATEC rated autism symptoms. We repeatedly hear how treatment improves these children’s social interactions, communication skills, school work, anxiety, overall behavior, and even sleep.
One Patient`s Experience
Not all Autistic patient`s respond the same to neurofeedback training. However, many, such as this patient, experience significant improvements:
“I am a parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum 1. I have been very pleased with the results my son has experienced working with Dr. Carlton at Carlton Neurofeedback Center. There has been great improvement of my son’s mental functions and memory. He is a young adult, and he looks forward to his sessions with his doctor. The effects of the treatments have improved his performances doing regular tasks that he had great difficulty prior. We expect these effects to be long lasting and would highly recommend this center for any parent or person who would benefit from having a more relaxed and positive influence in their lives.
The staff is very friendly and eager to work with their patients, and I am grateful for all the help that they and this center have given my son, and we look forward to continuing his treatment as we work towards his having a more successful life.”
Ms C. Williams
Let Us Help
We have seen neurofeedback training help children improve their cognitive function and other symptoms from their autism. Contact us today to set up a free, no risk evaluation to learn if this therapy might be effective for your child.