Using brain patterns as an effective treatment

Neurofeedback for Autism

Neurofeedback therapy can improve symptoms of autism.

San Diego Neurofeedback Therapy for Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a range of symptoms along a continuum of severity. The characteristics include abnormal social skills, developmental delays, behavior problems, communication difficulties, and learning disabilities. These characteristics range from mild to severe and will present differently in each individual with ASD.

How neurofeedback can help with autism symptoms

In addition to helping you understand the brain patterns associated with autism and ASD, Thrive Neurolab can help with brain mapping and brain training. Children with autism or on the spectrum tend to have co-occurring conditions like anxiety, depression, and ADD/ADHD. They also have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia.

According to a growing body of research, over 70% of children with ASD have at least one additional co-existing medical or psychiatric condition, and over 40% have two or more such conditions. Thrive Neurolab uses qEEG to help determine if your child has additional conditions. We create a treatment plan to address all of the issues. Brain mapping can be very helpful in distinguishing autism and ASD from other conditions. We can show you exactly what is happening in the brain.

Because the underlying brain function problems related to autism and ASD are so varied, qEEG and brain mapping can be very valuable to people with the condition. These key findings help us select the most effective treatment for each person with the disorder.

ASD is a term that encompasses several conditions, including autism and:

  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

The prevalence of autism and ASD has increased significantly since the CDC began tracking it in 2000. In the U.S., the CDC estimates that 1 in 59 children are on the spectrum. And boys are 4 times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism or ASD.

Signs of autism and autism spectrum disorder

Signs of autism typically appear by age 2 or 3, but they can occur earlier in some children. The following list shows some of the symptoms of the developmental disorder. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, not all people with the condition will exhibit all of these symptoms.

ASD symptoms can include the following:

  • Poor eye contact
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Trouble understanding social cues
  • Difficulty reading facial expressions
  • Having an intense focus on something
  • Repetitive movements (such as rocking back and forth and hand flapping)
  • Repeating words or phrases
  • Having difficulty dealing with changes in routines
  • Having difficulty carrying on a conversation
  • Having a flat or sing-song tone of voice
  • Increased or decreased sensitivity to sensory input (clothing, lights, noise, temperature)
  • Self-harmful behaviors (such as head-banging)
  • Delayed speech
  • Having difficulty playing with other children
  • Social withdrawal

Brain patterns in autism and ASD

Autism appears to impact the early development of the brain including the way neurons communicate with each other. Brain patterns in autism and ASD can be low activity or high activity.

Low activity patterns in autism and ASD:

  • Poor motor skills
  • Problems with learning and thought coordination
  • Communication difficulties
  • Sensory processing issues
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Learning difficulties
  • Repetitious speech and behavior
  • Mood instability
  • Emotional meltdowns
  • Anxiety
  • Getting stuck on thoughts
  • Problems with transitions and change

High activity patterns in autism and ASD:

  • Repetitious speech and behavior
  • Mood instability
  • Emotional meltdowns
  • Anxiety
  • Getting stuck on thoughts
  • Problems with transitions and change

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