Much like a computer, the brain relies on intricate wiring to process and transmit information. Scientists have discovered that, in people with autism, there is a misfiring in communication between brain cells.
So what does autism do to the brain, exactly?
In the brain, nerve cells transmit important messages that regulate body functions…everything from social behavior to movement. Imaging studies have revealed that autistic children have too many nerve fibers, but that they’re not working well enough to facilitate communication between the various parts of the brain.
Scientists think that all of this extra circuitry may affect brain size. Although autistic children are born with normal or smaller-than-normal brains, they undergo a period of rapid growth between ages 6 and 14 months, so that by about age four, their brains tends to be unusually large for their age. Genetic defects in brain growth factors may lead to this abnormal brain development.
Scientists also have discovered irregularities in the brain structures themselves, such as in the corpus callosum (which facilitates communication between the two hemispheres of the brain), amygdala (which affects emotion and social behavior), and cerebellum (which is involved with motor activity, balance, and coordination). They believe these abnormalities occur during prenatal development.
A brain-tissue study suggests that children affected by autism have a surplus of synapses, or connections between brain cells. The excess is due to a slowdown in the normal pruning process that occurs during brain development, researchers say. Autistic children and adults typically have problems with social interactions and verbal and nonverbal communications. They tend to exhibit repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests. These three behaviors are the basis of the diagnosis of autism.
At BrainForest, we have the ability to “re-wire” the brain through a complex, step-by-step process that yields steady progress. Research indicates that the type of neurofeedback we offer reduces symptoms associated with Autism. In a recent study, Autism symptoms improved for 89% of the experimental group, as reported by parents.
Our model strives to deliver the best care possible, in a safe, cost-effective approach:
- Free Consultation: Let’s see if brain enhancement and training is right for you.
- Access and Map: Complete history and qEEG to measure your brain waves
- Testing and Training: Cognitive testing & biweekly neurofeedback sessions
- Evaluation: Repeat qEEG and cognitive testing to measure progress