Autism is a neurologic developmental disorder
For 30 years the Drake Institute has made biofeedback and neurofeedback the centerpiece of our non drug preferred treatment programs for various disorders. Having helped more than 11,000 patients over the last 30 years has produced a level of knowledge and clinical expertise that could not have been acquired any other way.
As a medical clinic we could prescribe medications for the disorders that we help, but for clinical effectiveness, safety and long term improvement, we choose our non drug treatment programs. This includes our non-drug autism treatment.
Drawing from the Drake Institute's many years of clinical experience and success in treating ADD / ADHD patients, we were able to develop a highly effective non-drug treatment program for autism utilizing brainmap guided neurofeedback. For more than a decade Brain imaging with qEEG brain mapping has produced breakthroughs in unlocking and providing answers to helping our Autistic patients.
Our non-drug autism treatment is based on the brainmap findings for each patient. Every person with autism that we help has an individualized neurofeedback protocol that is derived from his/her brain map. In addition our clinical staff of therapists provide much needed support for the parents to facilitate the Autistic child's improvements being integrated into his/her everyday life.
Autism occurs much more frequently in boys than in girls. Symptoms vary enormously from child to child, ranging from mild to severe. It is now estimated that 1 in 110 children in the United States has an autism Spectrum Disorder.
Core symptoms of autism
- Impaired Social Interaction
- Impaired Communication
- Restricted Interests
- Repetitive Behaviors
Because multiple areas and functional systems in the brain can be affected, the autistic patient can have overlapping symptoms with other disorders as well. Many autistic children have symptoms of sensory sensitivities (sound, light, texture, tastes). Commonly, Autistic children can have varying degrees of symptoms such as poor focus,hyperactive & impulsive, though ther primary diagnosis is autism.
Diagnosis is based on a cluster of behavioral symptoms, although the symptoms are neurologically based. The diagnosis of autism itself does not provide answers to the origin of the symptoms. Only studying the brain can provide those answers.
Brain Mapping - Improving Diagnosis & Treatment for autism without Drugs
Under modern brain science the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine utilizes qEEG brain mapping to better pinpoint which areas or neural circuits in the brain are misfiring or malfunctioning thus causing or contributing to the Autistic symptoms. The more information the physician has on what is contributing to the autistic patient's symptoms, the more effectively the autism treatments can be developed using EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback). EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) enables the autistic patient to improve the brain's regions and neural circuitry that are misfiring .
For example, the right posterior areas of the brain are involved in experiencing and integrating social emotional information. It is involved in understanding nonverbal cues and nonverbal information. If this region is misfiring, the child will be compromised in picking up on other people's facial expressions, body language, social nuances and social interactions. They may not be aware of how their words or behavior impacts on others, so they may say things that could be hurtful, yet they have no clue they are doing so. An example, an overweight woman gets into an elevator and the autistic child says to his mother " There is no room in here for this fat lady". What he said may have been true but he is completely unaware of the painful impact of his words on this woman.
autistic children will talk nonstop on a topic of special interest to them, and be completely uninterested in what the other person has to say. The right posterior part of the brain being "shutdown" or "asleep" will limit the patient's capacity for taking in social/emotional information that is essential for developing and maintaining relationships.
The autistic patient doesn't choose to be socially disconnected; it is a byproduct of systems in their brain being shutdown or disconnected. This can result from too many slow brainwaves causing underfunctioning, or too many fast brainwaves causing overstimulation and chaos in the brain. This can be significantly improved with EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback). Without a brainmap, a clinician has no idea what is going on in the brain. A brainmap for Autistic patients is as important as an EKG (electrocardiogram) is for a heart patient with chest pain.
- The social communication deficits are usually correlated with abnormalities in the right regions of the brain.
- Autistic patients who are emotionally over reactive or who have excessive tantrum will typically show abnormal functioning in the right temporal lobe.
- The language deficits show up in the left areas of the brain.
- Emotional expressive deficits commonly show up on the right frontal region.
- Brainmap findings are correlated with the clinical symptoms and evaluation to determine the optimal EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) protocols.