Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism, which is sometimes called living on the spectrum, may also include experiencing issues of heightened sensory as well as other challenges for children, adults, family, friends, educators, and employers. At BiofeedbackWORKS in Virginia, we embrace this population because we know we have the ability to help make their lives better. We have had success with clients in reducing symptoms such as sensitivities to environment, noise, and food as well as irritability, intolerance, obsessive thinking, hyper-focus and attention issues.
Neurofeedback changes the brain in ways that enhance social awareness and reduce anxiety, which in turn allows our clients, young and old, to move forward through life’s challenges. When a child becomes calmed and engaged enough to participate with others, a huge leap toward being able to find his/her place in the world has been achieved. We strive for these successes because we know how important one successful play date can be in the life of a child. By becoming more socially aware and empathetic to others, older clients with autism may experience more positive social, educational and work experiences. In some cases, gains made through neurofeedback training, have given clients enough independence to advance into more diverse learning situations or workplace environments.
Neurofeedback training does not require clients to have any special skills in order to be effective. They only need to have visual or auditory awareness. In other words, training can occur regardless of the client’s cognitive ability. For training to be successful, to “make” it happen, the client needs only to be present and available to participate in the neurofeedback process. We use state-of-art neurofeedback training options such as S-Loretta, multichannel Z-scored training, pRoshi, HEG (hemoencephalography), and LENS.
All treatment plans are individualized based on the client’s symptoms, history, goals, and quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG). The qEEG is an important part of our assessment process. It allows us to identify markers for abnormalities in brainwave activity that correlate with the particular symptoms the client is experiencing. These may include anxiety, depression, irritability, impulsivity, and certain hypersensitivities. Thus, the use of qEEG allows us to provide the most effective means of treatment available today to each individual.
The specialized assessment and individualized training that we offer help our clients to achieve a better understand and participate in their world, enabling them to make conscience choices that will move them towards personal growth, learning and independence.