Your child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, Communications Disorder or something similar, all of these point to the brain’s difficulty in managing information flow. Overwhelming stimuli, obsessive focus on details, language and motor skill deficits, all of these brain circuit issues can be helped by neurofeedback brain training. Exercsing the brain to adopt more efficient, robust pathways to enhance communication between brain regions, allowing for a smoother delivery of information upon which to act.
Here are some of the many studies done in this area…
Efficacy of Neurofeedback for Children in the Autistic Spectrum: A Pilot Study
by Jarusiewicz B Ph.D.
The efficacy of Neurofeedback training was evaluated in 12 children in the autistic spectrum with matched controls, based on established training protocols for other conditions with similar symptoms. Twenty-four autistic children were divided into two groups, matched by sex, age, and disorder severity. One group received Neurofeedback training and the second acted as a control group.
Assessment-Guided Neurofeedback for Autistic Spectrum Disorder by Coben R Ph.D. and Padolsky I Ph.D.
In recent years, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has shown a dramatic increase in prevalence. A review of prevalence survey research for ASD (identified by DSM-IV criteria for Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified) across the United States and the United Kingdom reported rates of ASD substantially increased from prior surveys indicating 5 to 10 per 10,000 children to as high as 50 to 80 per 10,000 (equivalent to a range of 1 in 200 to 1 in 125 children with ASD) (Blaxill, 2004).
Coben, R., Mohammad-Rezazadeh, I., Cannon, R. (2014). Using quantitative and analytic EEG methods in the understanding of connectivity in autism spectrum disorders: a theory of mixed over- and under-connectivity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Neuroimaging technologies and research has shown that autism is largely a disorder of neuronal connectivity. While advanced work is being done with fMRI, MRI-DTI, SPECT and other forms of structural and functional connectivity analyses, the use of EEG for these purposes is of additional great utility.
Recent studies have linked neural coherence deficits with impairments associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The current study tested the hypothesis that lowering neural hyperconnectivity would lead to decreases in autistic symptoms. There were significant improvements on objective neuropsychological tests and parents reported positive gains (decreases in symptoms) following the treatment
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The International Society for Neuronal Regulation and Research a well maintained bibliography of neurofeedback research
A well organized page on the major studies on neurofeedback and its applications.