There are 3 categories of the “Autism Spectrum Disorder:”
- Asperger Syndrome
- Other (technically described as PDD-NOS, which stands for “Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified”)
To obtain the diagnosis of “Autism” requires that the child’s symptoms are present before 3 years of age.
While it is not fully understood, the cause of autism involves how the brain processes information and how the neurons and synapses interact.
According to the CDC, children diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) almost doubled from 2008-2012, going from 1.1% – 2% of all children in the USA.
The USA’s diagnosis of ASD is 10-20x higher than the worldwide diagnosis rate.
Autism involves delays and deficiencies in cognitive processing. Neurofeedback therapy has been shown to help with improving cognitive function. In fact, we are able to identify the location and severity of brainwave dysregulation with individual brain mapping evaluations.
Children with ASD have their own set of challenges with regard to new places and new people. We provide a calm and relaxing environment to all of our clients. It is our philosophy that we will never push or force an agenda on anyone. It is important to us that the child is as willing and agreeable as possible. We welcome a preliminary visit to help you get a feel for the office and get to know one another.
In some cases, the brain mapping evaluation will not be possible due to the child’s inability to wear the QEEG cap. While the brain mapping evaluation provides us with valuable information, there are still things we can do without that information. We work with traditional neurofeedback protocols as well as other services to help improve brainwave regulation. In many circumstances, we have found that children who are unable to sit still or tolerate the QEEG cap in the beginning are able to work up to tolerating it after some sessions with Dr. Yonce.
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