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Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institure: Autism Program
Robert Gurnee, MSW, DCSW, Director
8114 E. Cactus Road - Suite 200 | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | (480) 424-7200 | add@add-clinic.com
Est. 1982



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Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute: Autism treatment program

Autism, also called Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Autistic Disorder, and Pervasive Development Disorder appears to be increasing in frequency of occurrence and is now at about .5% to 1% of children. It's considered a brain disorder and of yet to be discovered causes. It usually occurs before three years of age.

The main symptoms involve impaired communication and social interaction and usually involve a loss or regression in previously acquired skills. It may also involve restricted patterns of intent, repetitive play and preoccupation with certain objects among other common symptoms.

Quantitative EEG Topographic brain mapping can be very helpful in understanding the brain dysfunction in autism. QEEG involves placing a cap on top of the head and recording the brains electrical activity. This recorded EEG is then run through multiple QEEG normative databases such as the New York University's Medical School Database, validated worldwide. The children's EEG is compared to children of that same age screened to have normal brains. We can see, statistically, areas of abnormality and dysfunction and the degree of the severity. These usually involve connectivity and timing problems as well as main regions that are operating too rapidly or too slowly.

With EEG neurofeedback (also called EEG biofeedback) these areas can gradually be trained back toward normal with observable and measurable improvements in functioning. The improvements almost always are permanent. Autism is a severe disorder in terms of impairment in life skills and may require 50 or more sessions for optimized gains. A recent research study by Robert Coben, PhD achieved a remarkable 89% reduction in autism symptoms after only 20 neurofeedback sessions (Journal of Neurotherapy, Vol. 11 (1), 2007.) We expect similar levels of improvement. Asperger's is often placed on the autistic spectrum continuum. We see it as a different disorder. A review of 50 QEEG brainmaps of children and adults with

Asperger's has demonstrated dysfunction in the fusiform gyrus, below and behind each ear. It serves many purposes, the purpose of facial recognition: reading the emotion and social cues on people's faces. It is therefore more like a learning disability where people have difficulty processing letters (dyslexia) or numbers (dyscalculia) or auditory processing, remembering and comprehending what people say. The facial processing deficits often coexist with ADHD and/or OCD or other disorders or may stand alone. Again the QEEG can reveal the causes of this dysfunction and neurofeedback can bring about significant improvements in most cases.

Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute
Telephone: (480) 625-4123
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Email us: add@add-clinic.com