Autism Spectrum Disorders – ASD
Treatment options for ASD are limited and the focus is on behavioral therapy and medication.
There is no doubt that such approaches can work to change behaviour (early Neurofeedback was also based on the same principle) but these approaches only work to the extent of the behavioural scenarios specifically taught.
Neurofeedback works at a much deeper level. Some of the questions that you could ask when considering an approach to ASD are:
- Do I want to train behaviour to respond more ‘appropriately’ (ABA) or train the underlying brain mechanisms to function better (Neurofeedback) ?
- Do I want to teach routinised behaviour (ABA) or unlock the potential for a new level of interaction with the world (Neurofeedback) ?
ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder for which Neurofeedback has shown to be very effective. With Neurofeedback the ASD symptoms are explained as a kind of brain deregulation in certain brain areas by focusing on the specific areas of the deregulation.
Neurofeedback can change the core deficits of ASD by enhancing physical and emotional calming and improving the ability to manage sensory input. For example, by training the right back side of the brain hyperactive behaviour can be reduced and sensory integration (‘better understanding of the world and more social awareness’) and body awareness can be enhanced. By training the right front side rages, emotional outburst and overall emotional expression – not words and grammar, but appropriate emotional communication – can be improved.
There are children that have shown an increase of common sense and a desire to communicate. Other children are supported in their ‘starting up’ language.
By training the left front side of the brain changes can be made in attention and obsessive compulsive symptoms, however, it is the right side training that has shown to be the most effective for ASD symptoms.
At BrainTrainUK we work with symptoms, we don’t need a diagnosis. We offer a tool that has been demonstrated to help ASD symptoms with countless clients. There is no guarantee it will work, but our success rates are high. The approach we use is developed by Siegfried and Susan Othmer, who committed their lives to developing Neurofeedback as a therapy when it transformed the life of their son Brian, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome and a range of comorbid conditions.
To learn more about Neurofeedback for Autism, visit: www.braintrainuk.com