Chipping Away at Autism - A Mother's Account of Neurofeedback for Autism

Mother of David*, age 18, describes improvements after neurofeedback sessions:

"David is almost nineteen years old. At 245 pounds, he’s a big boy. Sometimes he acts like a giant 3 year old, although he can find any obscure website effortlessly. His interests range from sports to Bill Nye to obnoxious games and comedy shows. Which he likes to repeat. A lot. His biggest problem is expressive language. All the words seem to be in there, but they don’t come out in the form of sentences. Besides, as far as he’s concerned, I’m psychic, so communicating in short hand is adequate.

We’ve done the usual gamut of therapies – special diets, supplements, sensory therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, and even the drug rout when he was younger. The drug therapy made him easier to manage in school but nothing else. Diet and supplements improved his overall health - he has asthma - but it wasn’t enough to boost his language, and he had a number of residual problems that didn’t budge, including chewing on his hands and toe walking.

Patient Testimonials

Patients describe the changes they have experienced after neurotherapy sessions.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder: Successes with Neurofeedback

Nathan*, Age 4

“I have a boo boo!” exclaimed Nathan*, having woken up, once again, in the middle of the night. Nathan would not have been able to say these simple words a month ago. The oldest of fraternal twins, he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder at 18 months. His mother became concerned about severe side effects from his several medications and sought out alternatives for Nathan. After fourteen neurofeedback sessions, Nathan is calm, receives behavior rewards at school, sleeps through the night, uses toilets cooperatively on cue and even asks to go to the bathroom. He is no longer afraid to use public restrooms and initiates language with increased vocabulary and expression for the first time. Nathan has become more spontaneous with his twin sister. In play last week, he said, “Lilly, I want to be the ghost now.” Nathan is now able to share a variety of new expressions. When his sister was getting ready for an event he exclaimed, “Wow! What a pretty princess!”

Jason, Adult, Anxiety, Emotional Control Issues, Brain Injury, Language Troubles

Jason*, Adult, Anxiety, Explosive Temper, Post Childhood Brain Injury to Language Center of the Brain

Joseph, Young Adult, Severely Obsessive, Autistic Spectrum

Joseph*, High School, Severely Obsessive, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Autistic Spectrum

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