Why is neurofeedback so important for anyone in the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s and developmental delays? According to research in a peer-reviewed journal, neurofeedback produces more positive change in more symptoms for autistic children than any other intervention. That research is not well known. For clinicians and families who have worked with neurofeedback, the changes can be profound.
Most autistic spectrum children become easily overwhelmed. That’s why there’s so much sensory integration work going on. But it’s so much more efficient to train the brain itself to calm. There are specific areas of the brain that play a role in self-calming. If they don’t work well or are overwhelmed, the child (or adult) will have a very difficult time calming. By strengthening the part of the brain that calms through training, it gives every other technique the chance to work better.
For most kids, the changes you notice first once training starts are: 1) improved sleep, and 2) the ability to self-calm (that’s part of self-regulation).
Most people have a hard time understanding how it is possible for an
autistic spectrum child to train their brain. Yet this group responds so
consistently to brain training. For most kids, changes aren’t subtle – they
have a big impact on the lives of the family and the child. Why? Neurofeedback
trains more organized, better regulated brain activity. Autistic spectrum
children have very disorganized brains with clear patterns of dysregulation.
For most kids, it’s obvious with a brain map.
Often, the most difficult brains often show the most improvement, because they have the furthest to improve. Ever subtle changes can show up as changes in the child’s behavior. The more neurofeedback you do, the more the individual learns to self-regulate. However, it doesn’t take that many sessions for parents to notice changes.
When you help improve self-regulation, and when the brain starts to calm down and become better regulated, many other symptoms start to improve. These include eye contact, attention, and becoming more interactive and engaging with other people.