Asperger’s Syndrome and How Can Neurofeedback Help

Asperger’s is a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDD’s are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of basic skills; the ability to socialize with other people, to communicate, and to use their imagination. Many people consider Asperger’s syndrome to be very similar to autism, but there are some important differences to note. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically function better than those with Autism, and they generally have more intelligence, as well as near-normal language development. Some of the symptoms of Asperger’s include problems with social skills, communication difficulties, eccentric or repetitive behaviors, unusual rituals, limited range of interests, and coordination problems. Although these symptoms are usually present, many kids with Asperger’s are exceptionally skilled in a particular area, such as math or music.

Reduce the Symptoms of Aspergers

We can reduce some of the symptoms an individual with Asperger’s suffers from by using Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback, which is also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) Biofeedback, is a painless training system which trains the brain to perform more efficiently with the individual’s active participation. A person’s with Asperger’s have a brain that is disregulated. We can strengthen the brain and teach it to self regulate. First we need to find which areas of the brain are not performing the way they should be. In order to find these abnormalities, we measure the client’s brain waves by recording these activities while they wear a cap which has 19 different sensors on it.  This process is called EEG. Once we have analyzed the EEG, which is known as qEEG, we will know which areas of the brain we want to train.

Neurofeedback Therapy for Aspergers

Once we identify the area of the brain to exercise, we place a sensor on this location of the head.  Where the sensors are placed is specific to the individual, and the issue we are trying to address. We train these areas by having the client watch a movie, and if their brain waves are not in the parameters we have set, their movie will pause. Our brains want the movie to continue to play, so this reinforces the brain to perform within the parameters which have been set. During this process the neurons (cells in the brain) change. Once we have trained the neurons to perform the way we want them to, the brain will learn to match these parameters without being reinforced by Neurofeedback. As these neurons change, you will notice many symptoms will change as well. Some of the changes parents observe include

  • initiation to touch
  • reduced emotional outbursts
  • slower, cleared speech patters
  • better response to instructions
  • less ritualistic and more imaginative thought
  • increased tolerance to change
  • decreased hyperactivity and impulsivity
  • heightened levels of focus
  • diminished anxiety
  • better social skills and relationships
  • more stable and calm behavior
  • increased awareness of feelings and emotions

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