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BIOFEEDBACK CONSULTANTS INC. INFORMATION ON AUTISM AND NEUROFEEDBACK

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). read full text Autism: Case Study by Cowan J Ph.D. About 8-9 years ago I reported the case history of an eight-year-old autistic girl (triply diagnosed as high-functioning autistic) who came to me for training at the Winter Brain Meeting. She was so noncommunicative that she would hide under the couch. read full text School-Based Neurofeedback for Autistic Spectrum Disorder by Darling M Neurofeedback is an intervention that is showing a lot of promise for people diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While other childhood behaviour disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have been in the neurofeedback limelight for some years, it would appear that ASD is about to have its day in the sun. Recent research is showing that children with ASD are responding very well to both electroencephalographic (EEG) and haemoencephalographic (HEG) neurofeedback. Furthermore, our own research indicates that neurofeedback can be an effective schoolbased intervention for children in the autistic spectrum. read full text (pdf format)

Research Papers

EEG Power and Coherence in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (abs.) by Coben R, Clarke AR, Hudspeth W, Barry RJ These results suggest dysfunctional integration of frontal and posterior brain regions in autistics along with a pattern of neural underconnectivity. This is consistent with other EEG, MRI and fMRI research suggesting that neural connectivity anomalies are a major deficit leading to autistic symptomatology. read full text Positive Outcome With Neurofeedback Treatment In a Case of Mild Autism by Sichel AG, Fehmi LG, Goldstein DM This article looks at the experience of Frankie, an autistic 8 and 1/2 year old boy. He was diagnosed mildly autistic by several specialists. One specialist claimed he was brain damaged and "autistic-like " and that there was no hope for improvement. At Frankie's mother's request, neurotherapy diagnosis and treatment was begun. After 31 sessions, Frankie showed Positive changes in all the diagnostic dimensions defining autism in DSM-111-P, This has profound implications for treatment in a field with few low-risk alternatives. read full text

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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. read full text Autism/Asperger's/Obnoxious Child, 3 Case Histories: How We Get Positive Results with Complex ADD Clients by Thompson L Ph.D. and Thompson M M.D. Three brief case histories on the scale of primarily organic to primarily psychologically based socialbehavioural disorders are described. All three children and their families, previous to coming for neurofeedback, had had very considerable intervention both from the school system and from other clinical resources. All previous efforts from other clinical resources had minimal benefit. read full text

   

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