Since 2011, the month of April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. This year, the Autism Society of America is changing the wording from “Awareness” to “Acceptance” in the hopes of fostering an acceptance of individuals living with autism into the everyday life of their communities.
According to the CDC’s latest numbers, about 1 in 54 children has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which means many of us know someone with autism, either within our families or our communities. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability, which affects a person’s social skills, communication, and ability to regulate behaviors, but since it is a “spectrum disorder,” each person with autism is affected in different ways and to different degrees.
People living with autism may have difficulty interpreting social cues, such as facial expressions and non-verbal communication. They may also have difficulty transitioning between activities and have a high need for daily routines. They can tend to hyper focus on certain subjects and may experience sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells. These characteristics, among others, can make life quite challenging for those living with autism as well as for their caregivers.
The Autism Society has a wealth of information on the many therapies and interventions available to help improve functioning in those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In conjunction with these therapies, some studies suggest there is abnormal connectivity between regions of the brain in those with ASD, thus a therapy that targets those connections can be helpful in managing challenging behaviors associated with autism.
Neurofeedback is a treatment that helps the brain self regulate and brings brainwaves into balance. It has shown great promise in helping those on the autism spectrum find improvement with some of these challenging behaviors. Micro Current Neurofeedback (MCN) is a passive and non-invasive therapy, requiring no participation from the client, which makes it more accessible to those with autism.
Reboot Wellness in Huntsville offers IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback (MCN), and they have seen consistent results working with people of all ages on the Autism spectrum. After a series of MCN sessions, individuals with Autism and Asperger’s have seen a variety of improvements, including improvements in communication, decreased hyperactivity and emotional outbursts, improved social skills, and more engaged interactions with teachers, co-workers and loved ones.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for MCN, please visit www.rebootmcn.com