Right now autism looks like a very complex disease, but at least it is now clear that it is in fact a medical disease and not just a genetically caused mental disorder. But if autism is looked at as a disease, it must also be acknowledged that diseases in general tend to look complex only when they are not yet understood. If one looked at diabetes, for example, without knowing that insulin was involved as the key player, it would also look exceedingly complex indeed. (text from eeginfo.com)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. For more information, check out this website: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 80 American children are on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Accurate and careful research shows that this escalation is only partly addressed by enhanced analysis and recognition. Research also shows that autism is four to five times more commonly found among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. ASD affects over 2 million in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Furthermore, government autism statistics suggest that prevalence rates have raised 10 to 17 percent every year in recent years. There is no permanent explanation for this continuing increase, although improved analysis and environmental influences are both reasons often contemplated.
How neurofeedback can help
What we typically see on the brain map of a person on the spectrum is hyperconnectivity, or simply stated, too much traffic on the information superhighway, which manifests itself in a hyper-aroused central nervous system. With so many nerve impulses or signals interfering and competing for attention, it becomes overstimulating and uncomfortable. The first thing we do through EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) is to show the brain and teach the person where “calm” is. Once the client is calm, they are more likely to be able to focus and sort out what is important and eventually even engage with others more comfortably. Our feedback screen and audio tones invite the brain to regulate its brainwaves to a suitable speed, or frequency, to optimize function and attention. In no way are we changing unique personalities or turning down intelligence, we are just giving people, young and old, a chance to get their brains working better, feeling better, and able to use their special gifts in a manner that is more comfortable and especially more stable in social environments.
Below are before and after images of EEG Spectral display information, 1Hz (or slow) activity on the left of graph, up to 30Hz on the right. Note the calming effect
Here are the numbers: (above) z-score data of a 12 year old autistic child before training, note the high numbers of high frequency amplitude in circled area
(below) after training…in just one session we were able to calm and regulate the brain wave activity.
At Edge NeuroFitness, we also help our clients assess environment and lifestyle factors to optimize brain health such as electromagnetic frequency (EMF) exposure, nutrition, chemical sensitivities and toxic exposure. This is particularly critical to someone on the spectrum. In some cases, we refer out to our colleague Jack Miller for further testing and treatment. http://nhsofarizona.com/
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