Autism affects 1 in 88 people according to the Center for Disease Control. I have talked with parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and sometimes they are confused about what the diagnosis means and especially when a professional makes inappropriate comments. For example, a clinical director of a program told a family that their child would “grow out of it.” I also have had a parent tell me that during an IEP meeting the school counselor compared her child to having mental retardation. These examples have stuck with me over the years as there is clearly a level of ignorance about autism, even in the professional community.
When I first started talking to a mom about how neurofeedback would help her child she was very defensive with me and told me that autism is not something you change. I could feel her pain and had empathy for her as I knew how hard she was trying to get answers. The research is really pushing for an early diagnosis. The sooner the child is diagnosed the sooner they can be helped through treatment interventions, including neurofeedback. Here is a link for an article that talks about how neurofeeback helps create muscle memory and connectivity between the different lobes of the brain which can help by decreasing the symptoms of spectrum disorders.
Our treatment team is excited to be able to join with FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) of Southern Nevada at their upcoming Family Night at Sky Zone on September 29th from 6-8pm. If you are not familiar with FEAT they are a non-profit organization of parents and professionals working together to create a network of resources. Feat is committed to helping families by hosting local events, and staying connected with national policies and medical breakthroughs. Please go and check them out: http://featsonv.org
Neurofeedback is an effective alternative to antidepressant medications, especially for children and adolescents.
The FDA has a black box warning on antidepressant medications for children and adolescents cautioning about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions.
Recent articles raise concerns about the use and over-use of antidepressant medications:
Be an educated consumer for your children’s health needs and decide if neurofeedback is the better choice.
I was having a conversation with a fellow therapist late last week about treatment recommendations for a brain injury. I began talking to her about what Neurofeedback does and how effective it can be in helping the brain access different areas that can be blocked due to brain injury or strokes. I started looking around for articles to help this therapist make a good informed decision before she started sending referrals. I came across this article from Psychology Today from Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D, who is a neuropsychologist. She talks about her own personal journey with neurofeedback after suffering a stroke. I am adding the links for her articles and encourage you to read these and share them with your friends and family. The more educated people become about the effectiveness of neurofeedback, and especially with personal testimonials, the better they can make informed decisions about treatment.
Click here for What is neurofeedback? article
Click here for Stroke / Aneurysm: Neurofeedback Treatment article
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