AUTISM TURNS THE CORNER WITH NEUROFEEDBACK
Meg (not her real name), a cute 6 year old girl, was diagnosed with autism. She had difficulty interacting with others including her younger sister, feared being touched, had sensitivity to loud noises, resisted baths and hair cuts. She hardly noticed the family pet. She demonstrated limited language skills and had frustration communicating her needs. She was asocial at school. Parental concerns for cute, little Meg were her inability to interact satisfactorily at home and school, academically, socially and emotionally. She was an island to herself.
Her mother felt a need to do what she could to help her daughter live a more normal and happy life. Mom was willing to give neurofeedback a chance. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that rewards specific brainwaves to produce cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes. For the child, it required a sensor on the head and clips on the ears. Owing to Meg’s touch sensitivity, her “poppy” was willing to sit with her for the first 2 sessions. After that, she comfortably allowed touch to her head and ears. We were beginning to make progress. After a while, she sat through a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG) and a suitable treatment plan was developed.
Before long, positive changes were evident in her behaviors at home and at school. She was calmer, and smiled more. She allowed touch to her hair, bathing became more pleasant and she began to interact positively with her family. At school, her drawings became more age appropriate, subsequent drawings showed continued maturation and she began to participate in class performances. Academics were a steady improvement. Language skills improved and the outbursts from frustrations decreased. She became a happier child.
Treatment continued over a few years, but at discharge she showed very normal and age appropriate behaviors at school and at home. Meg is much calmer; she smiles sweetly, plays happily and her future looks much brighter.