What is Autism?
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurological condition that influences how individuals engage with others, express themselves, and perceive their environment. Its symptoms and their severity can differ among individuals. Commonly, those with autism may face challenges in social interactions, have specific interests or repetitive behaviors, have sensory sensitivities or sensory seeking behaviors, experience cognitive delays, and exhibit inattentive or hyperactive tendencies.
Such individuals might find it hard to pick up on social cues, engage in verbal and non-verbal communication, like maintaining eye contact or grasping common social gestures, and find forming and keeping relationships challenging. They often feel like outsiders in the social world.
Since autism covers a broad range of abilities and challenges, it’s termed a “spectrum” disorder. Some people who are autistic excel in certain domains, while others might need assistance in their daily lives. Crucially, every person with autism is distinct, with varying experiences and requirements.
Neurofeedback and Autism
Neurofeedback is a scientifically-supported treatment that has proven beneficial for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This non-invasive therapy can lessen symptoms and enhance overall well-being for those with ASD. We honor neurodiversity and being Autistic is not something to be cured, and neurofeedback can significantly improve brain function by balancing its electrical patterns and rhythms. Here’s how neurofeedback can help:
- Hyperactivity/ Impulsivity: Neurofeedback can help the individual focus and concentrate without getting as distracted.
- Emotional outbursts: Neurofeedback can help the individual to feel calmer overall, reducing tantrums and other emotionally charged meltdowns. It can be helpful in learning to better cope with general anxiety.
- Decrease sensory issues: Neurofeedback is able to reduce sensory “overload,” which will help the individual feel less overwhelmed by sensory input.
- Reduce Stimming: Individuals with autism often use repetitive movements of their extremities in order to help process overwhelming or uncomfortable stimuli. Neurofeedback can teach the brain to be calmer, which reduces repetitive behaviors.
- Decrease resistance to change: Transitions are often extremely difficult and can lead to emotional responses. Neurofeedback can help train the brain to react calmly and appropriately to changes or surprises in the environment.
In short, neurofeedback is a safe and effective method that has been researched and found beneficial in managing ASD symptoms. Contact Mountain Vista Psychology for more details!
Dr. Steffanie Stecker a licensed psychologist and the owner and clinical director of Mountain Vista Psychology, PLLC.
In addition, she is a board certified neurotherapist (BCN E5669) and board certified in QEEG (QEEG-D). Less than 100 people world wide are board certified in QEEG, which indicates competency in reading QEEGs and choosing neurofeedback protocols. Dr. Stecker is passionate about brain based effective therapy and creating a safe relationship for her clients to create change. She loves what she gets to do each day!