HH Services: Biofeedback for Autism

Autism has grown at an alarming rate from 5 in 10,000 births in 1970 up to 1 in 166 births in 2003. Little is known about the cause of autism and related disorders on the Autism spectrum such as Asperger’s.
— Gary Ames
  •  EEG-biofeedback has shown results of increasing cognitive flexibility in individuals  with ASD (Kouijzer et al., 2012). 
  • What is cognitive flexibility?: It is the ability of an individual to switch from thinking about one concept to another. ("What Is Cognitive Flexibility?", 2015). 
  • High cognitive flexibility ability have been correlated with better reading abilities in children, resilience in adulthood, and higher quality of life in older individuals. ("New Model of Cognitive Flexibility ", 2015). 


The medical community has great strides to make in identifying the causes behind such an alarming spike in Autism rates.  What we do know, however, is that we can improve the symptoms of Autism so that those suffering from this condition have better cognitive flexibility and overall social awareness.  We use biofeedback to address the needs of our Autistic community, and there are also TMS Therapy protocols available for Autism.  


Kouijzer, M. E., Schie, H. T., Gerrits, B. J., Buitelaar, J. K., & Moor, J. M. (2012). Is EEG-biofeedback an Effective Treatment in Autism Spectrum Disorders? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 38(1), 17-28. doi:10.1007/s10484-012-9204-3

What Is Cognitive Flexibility? (2015, July 26). Retrieved March 06, 2017, from http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2015/07/24/what-is-cognitive-flexibility/

New model of cognitive flexibility gives insight into autism spectrum disorder. (2015, September 03). Retrieved March 06, 2017, from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150903131555.htm