Neurofeedback Training & Autism

Neurofeedback Training & Autism

Posted on: January 11th, 2021 by NeuroHealth Associates

Children and adults who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger Syndrome may exhibit many different symptoms. They tend to center around issues with communication, social interaction, repetitive behaviors, and mood disorders, such as hyperactivity or anxiety. 

Scientists are unsure the exact mechanism for why autism develops, but they do know that autistic brains exhibit structural differences and that these differences may account for symptoms that autistic children and adults experience.

How do Autistic Brains differ from Neurotypical Brains?

The neurological research is advancing every day. Some scientists believe that autistic brains are less connected from front to back. Others point out that there is in fact too much symmetry in the brain, which makes it easier for an autistic person to pick up fine details, but not the broader picture of what it all means. 

Additional research suggests that the brain’s normal process of pruning neurons may be impaired resulting in too many neural pathways. No matter which theory or combination of theories adds to the puzzle of why autism develops, what is clear is that this neurological disorder involves brain wave imbalances.

Can Autism Symptoms Improved through Neurofeedback?

Yes. While we may not be able to cure the underlying cause of ASD, we can help individuals harness the neuroplasticity of their brain to build new neural pathways, creating new balance and coordination among the different brain areas, which results in improved outcomes in all areas. Neurofeedback therapy, when used to help a child, teen or adult with autism or Asperger Syndrome can result in the following improvements:

  • More stable moods, with fewer outbursts
  • Easier time sleeping
  • More cooperation in and out of school
  • Decreased anxiety, hyperactivity
  • Improved attention span, better retention of new material
  • Communication improvements

 

Are There Studies that Support Neurofeedback Therapy?

A number of studies and case studies show that neurofeedback therapy, a type of biofeedback therapy in use since the 1970s, can be helpful for those with autism disorders. 

The following are links to three studies: 2002 (Jarusiewicz), 2008 (Coben and Padolsky), and 2015 (Zivoder, et al). Coben and Padolsky’s 2008 study showed an 89 percent success rate, meaning that a majority of their 37 research subjects reported improvements in their autism-related symptoms as a result of neurofeedback training.

Here at Neurohealth Associates we specialize in Neurofeedback treatments. Neurofeedback may be helpful if you have unwanted mood swings, problems sleeping, anger management issues, motivation, or poor self-esteem. The easy, noninvasive treatment can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life.

Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth today and find out how we can help you.

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Neuro Fact

Theta waves are a slow frequency brain waves at 4-8 Hz, and are important for relaxation, emotional connections, and creativity

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