Alternative Treatment Option for Autism Spectrum Disorder is Neurofeedback

Early intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder and proper care can reduce individuals’ difficulties while helping them learn new skills and make the most of their strengths. The very wide range of issues facing those “on the spectrum” means that there is no single best treatment for ASD. 

Working closely with a doctor or health care professional is an important part of finding the right treatment program. There are many treatment options, social services, programs, and other resources that can help. Many families have found medication to help some of the difficulties one experiences but this will not help to correct the root cause.

Helpful tips:

  • Keep a detailed notebook. Record conversations and meetings with health care providers and teachers. This information helps when its time to make decisions.
  • Record doctors’ reports and evaluations in the notebook. This information may help an individual qualify for special programs.

  • Contact the local health department, school, or autism advocacy groups to learn about their special programs.
  • Talk with a pediatrician, school official, or physician to find a local autism expert who can help develop an intervention plan and find other local resources.
  • Find an autism support group. Sharing information and experiences can help individuals with ASD and/or their caregivers learn about options, make decisions, and reduce stress.

Medication

A doctor may use medication to treat some difficulties that are common with ASD. With medication, a person with ASD may have fewer problems with:

  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Repetitive behavior
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention problems
  • Anxiety and depression

Alternative Option is Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is an alternative approach to medication, or used in conjunction to medication or other therapies. Neurofeedback training will help to correct the dysregulated brainwave patterns to help alleviate areas of concern long term.

“Reports from caregivers of people with autism suggest people have witnessed improvements in a variety of areas including speech and irritability. A few scientific reports have highlighted that a demonstrated increase in social interaction may be seen in child with autism following treatment. One study suggested that parents who noticed an improvement continued to see the benefits for at least a year after neurofeedback” Psychology Today reported.

The brainwave patterns of children experiencing symptoms of autism are different than their peers who do not show those same symptoms. It is also noted that professionals have discussed that 1 in 3 children with autism may also experience ADHD symptoms.

Neurofeedback has been shown to help children with ADHD by improving hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention.

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