Collaborative Study Of Neurofeedback Training Of 6-18 Year Olds With Autism

Status:Not yet recruiting
Conditions:Neurology, Psychiatric, Autism
Therapuetic Areas:Neurology, Psychiatry / Psychology
Age Range:6 - 18
Start Date:July 2011
End Date:December 2016
Contact:Magdalena M Wojdynska, M.D.

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Neurofeedback, a neuro-cognitive training method based on operant conditioning, will be
employed with 90 children with the Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) over a 60 session
training period to improve the limiting behavioral and sensory symptoms Autism presents
(with each collaborative site working with 45 of the 90 participants). This study seeks to
demonstrate that Neurofeedback training, a non-invasive approach based on Learning Theory,
will mitigate presenting symptoms of Autism, and ultimately render the person with Autism
significantly more able to interact with his/her environment successfully, independently
function on a day-to-day basis, and improve overall mental health.

The specific objective is to demonstrate quantitative and qualitative improvements in
functional and behavioral parameters in individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders
when 60 Neurofeedback training sessions are applied. The long term objectives for these
individuals include improvement of quality of daily functioning, better ability to integrate
and navigate within society, and overall to decrease the limitations caused by the
disability. Additionally, increasing awareness by the public, as well as healthcare
providers and legislation, that Neurofeedback is a viable intervention which may contribute
not only to a significant reduction of the level of disability for affected individuals, but
also in reducing required lifetime costs of healthcare. Hopefully in the future
Neurofeedback training would be incorporated as a standard of care for ASD. As of today,
there are around 1000 trained Neurofeedback practitioners in the US who are offering this
intervention to a very limited number of individuals due to lack of recognition of NFB

Inclusion Criteria:

- 6 to 18 year olds who have been diagnosed by their physician with mild to moderate
autism, in accordance with DSM-IV diagnostic criteria

Exclusion Criteria:

- Any child with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, an uncontrolled
seizure disorder, or a history of any major psychiatric disorder will be excluded
from eligibility for the study.
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