NDIS Funded Neurofeedback Brain Training for Autism - Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- We welcome NDIS self managed or plan managed participants struggling with the symptoms of Autism- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to have a higher quality of life
- Neurofeedback helps train the brain patterns to improve sleep patterns, manage meltdowns and emotions, sensory issues, anxiety and depression
- NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) funded
- University Qualified Health Practitioners
- Evidence-based methods supported by Clinical Research
- Personalised Brain Training Programs to suit your schedule and NDIS budget allocation
- Face to face support in our Perth Head Office only & we service all other locations through the provision of DIY Neurofeedback home rental systems.
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In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Those with ASD have to struggle through difficult symptoms just to function in everyday life.
Thankfully, help is available for struggling with ASD associated symptoms. While some prefer to access support via their GP for medication or pharmaceutical interventions, some people prefer art or play therapy and others prefer more natural interventions – like Neurofeedback Brain Training.
Neurofeedback has been shown to make significant improvements in symptoms of ASD. Neurofeedback helps improve sleep patterns, manage meltdowns and emotions, sensory issues, anxiety and depression.
Neurofeedback identifies where the brain is having trouble processing information using EEG technology and through a live feed of brainwave activity produces corrections in the music to help achieve regulation over a sequence of sessions.
What is Autism?
Autism, referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a serious developmental disorder which impairs how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others, and experiences their environment. It is estimated that 1 in 70 people are on the autism spectrum. Autistic Spectrum Disorder impacts the nervous system. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include:
difficulty with communication,
difficulty with social interactions,
obsessive interests and
Early recognition is important so families can be empowered and put a plan in place to best support their child or loved one struggling with ASD. It is important to note that this condition can not be cured, however behavioural, educational and therapeutic modalities such as Neurofeedback can help reduce symptoms and support development and learning and in turn affording the person a higher quality of life.
Symptoms of Autism
Neurofeedback sessions are completely natural, identifying the root of the problem within the brain to make long-lasting functional change without any negative side effects. Symptoms that can be improved by Neurofeedback sessions for those on the autistic spectrum include anxiety, stimming, emotional outbursts, ritualistic behavior, speech issues, intolerance to change, impulsivity, hyperactivity, an inability to follow direction from authority figures and social skills (see in more detail below).
Many people struggling with Autism suffer from Anxiety. Anxiety is a stress response. Our brains are wired to trigger a stress response for when we feel unsafe, vulnerable, and insecure or threatened in any way. This is a useful survival warning system for detection of potential threats or situations when our lives are in danger.
We release a surge of a stress hormone called cortisol and adrenaline into our nervous system, which then helps us to face these challenges and to remove ourselves from the situation, therefore keeping us safe.
Unfortunately our brains are unable to detect the difference between when our lives are actually in danger versus an uncomfortable situation or when a task becomes demanding. Be it real, or be it perceived your brain only knows how to do one thing. It tries to protect you by putting you into a stress response.
Neurofeedback helps regulate brain activity, so the stress response becomes regulated and therefore the person feels calmer and to have more ease in life.
One of the many struggles that those struggling with ASD, is anxiety. Continuous exposure to the stress of being unable to communicate clearly, being misunderstood, unable to express emotion clearly creates a need to self soothe and a need to calm their central nervous system.
Over time and with continuous exposure to stress (be it real or perceived), the result of the chemicals and hormones being produced, cause a state of overwhelm, constant thoughts, a feeling of overwhelm ensues and an inability to switch off often results in poor sleep patterns. This is the neurobiology of everyones brain, and it is even more heightened in someone struggling with the symptoms of Autism- Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Continuous exposure to stress can cause you to become anxious. When we experience the symptoms of anxiety, the stress response has gone too far and essentially got stuck, therefore we need to retrain our brains to understand that it doesn’t need to be in this heightened stress state.
At Brain Training Australia™ we use Neurofeedback Technology to help clients regain your sense of calm in your everyday life, naturally. We offer support face to face in Perth only, and service all other locations across Australia through the provision of DIY home rental Neurofeedback systems.
Symptoms of Autism Helped By Neurofeedback
Repetition of physical movements or sounds is very common in ASD patients. Often, this is done because sensory stimuli can become too overwhelming or uncomfortable. Neurofeedback works to make the brain function more calmly & efficiently, reducing the patient’s perception of stimuli as being overwhelming. If the patient feels more calm overall and the stimuli around them does not seem overwhelming, the stimming can be reduced or in some cases eliminated.
Neurofeedback improves emotional control within the brain to help the brain functioning calmly. Emotional outbursts are often due to feeling overwhelmed. Just as stimming results from this, emotional outbursts can also result, as the brain does not know how to cope with the information being provided to it. When the brain functions calmer, the person no longer feels compelled to act out emotionally.
Neurofeedback strengthens brain processing, including the areas in the brain that are responsible for taking in sensory information and building a response. Neurofeedback sessions can improve a person’s ability to engage in conversation & appropriately process what is being said and what should be said in return.
Ritualistic behavior is often performed to deal with anxiety or overwhelming external stimuli, giving the patient a sense of self control. Neurofeedback trains the brain to be able to cope with anxiety and external stimuli with more ease, thereby substantially reducing and/or eliminating ritualistic behaviors.
Inability to follow/regard direction from authority figures
For those struggling on the autistic spectrum, even processing the information given regarding directions can be absolutely overwhelming, so expecting the patient to be able to fulfill these directions seems overwhelming if not impossible. Neurofeedback sessions make the brain function more efficiently and calmly, allowing the patient to improve information processing, which improves the ability to follow the directions given by parents and/or teachers.
How Can We Help Your Loved One with ASD
At Brain Training Australia™ we off Neurofeedback Brain Training for clients struggling with anxiety and opting for a safe, natural and drug-free approach to retrain your brain activity.
Neurofeedback is a highly relaxing process that is suitable for children, teenagers and adults. It is safe, natural, non-diagnostic and most importantly, non-invasive. The client is simply required to relax in a recliner armchair while the Advanced Brain Training technology detects turbulence or inconsistencies in brainwave activity using an EEG, and corrects it using auditory perception interruption as you listen to some nice relaxing music. If clients are unable to wear headphones while they undergo their session, we simply provide the feedback through speakers to make the process as enjoyable as possible.
Read The Research
Neurofeedback Brain Training has come a long way in the field of Neuroscience since it was developed by NASA in the 1960s. Of course with any therapeutic modality you will find research considering the advantages and disadvantages of therapy, and Neurofeedback in no different. Read the volume of Neurofeedback Research Bibliography to learn more about the scientific literature on this topic.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback?
Here at Brain Training Australia™, we use a specific type of NeurOptinmal® Neurofeedback which is an advanced form of Brain Training Technology. It is a safe, natural, non-invasive, drug-free, effective method grounded in decades of evidence-based clinical research that allows the brain to restore healthy mental processes and achieve life changing results. Neurofeedback measures and analyses the electricity generated by the Central Nervous System and then uses this analyses to provide specific interactive brain training exercises. Neurofeedback uses real-time displays of brain activity through the use of electroencephalography (EEG), to teach self-regulation of brain function. It provides information to your brain which allows it to reorganize itself. When your brain does this, you usually feel better in your life with easier access to more optimal functioning physically and emotionally. Neurofeedback Brain Training is quite a specialised field of neuroscience, so we have compiled this helpful FAQ section on our website to inform you and help you with any questions you may have.
How does Neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback works through auditory perception interruptions, so once your dedicated Neurofeedback Practitioner has you hooked up to the EEG system, you will be asked to listen to some nice relaxation music (for auditory perception interruption purposes). As you listen to the music, you will hear little interruptions or glitches (similar to static) and this is the brain generated feedback at work. The interruptions are not pre-set in the music, instead they are live feedback from your own brainwaves which are obtained via the EEG system, to which you are hooked up to. Every time you hear an interruption in the music, you’ll know your brain has just adjusted itself so the music keeps playing. Over a few sessions, this static will become less pronounced – this is normal and the feedback loop will still be happening, even if you can’t hear it. Most people find the sessions enjoyable - you can just relax and enjoy them. There is absolutely nothing you have to do. Focusing on problem issues too intently during the session can be counterproductive – the more you can relax and let go, the easier it is for your brain to make the adjustments it needs. You can lie back or not, and have your eyes open or closed. Some may feel sensations in their body or head, like tingling or warmth, or they may feel nothing. These sensations are not an indication of progress and it is not important whether you are aware of sensations or not, as it is not related to the effectiveness of the session.
Do you diagnose or medicate?
No. At Brain Training Australia™ Clinic we do not diagnose. Or medicate. We train. Neurofeedback Brain Training is used a tool for brain training and optimization, not as a means of diagnosis, treatment or as medical intervention. Your brain is in complete charge of any and all adjustments it chooses to make in each session. The system which we use at Brain Training Australia™ Clinic does not do anything to your brain. It does not stimulate it in any way, and there is no electrical current going into your brain. It simply brings to the brain’s attention what it is already doing – acting like a mirror, reflecting information back to the brain and central nervous system. This allows the brain to recognize patterns of stress and make adjustments to release that pattern/stress.
What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to reorganise itself and to create new neural networks, in other words, create different ways of thinking. The average human brain has 100 million neurons and each neuron has as many as 7000 synaptic connections to other neurons. While the method employed at Brain Training Australia is Neurofeedback, the process by which the changes occur is through Neuroplasticity. What is happening when we put the EEG Sensors on the scalp, is that the system is measuring the summation of cortical, or electrical activity in the brain. The auditory interruptions or feedback provided is picking up on an existing stress response, inefficiency or instability in the brain. These changes are made through the processes of neuroplasticity. We don't want to tell the brain what to do or to stimulate it in any way, and there is no preconceived notion of how your brain should be performing. Instead we want the brain to form its own pathways and it does so naturally, gently and safely through neuroplasticity.
How many sessions will I need?
One of the features of Neurofeedback is that it is very safe because the person is able to change at their own rate without any forcing of the process. In addition, everyone is starting from a different place with a different history and they are coming for different reasons. Some achieve their desired outcome in ten sessions. Most require between ten and twenty sessions, with some requiring more. Remember, you do not need to do ten or twenty sessions to experience benefits as this will be evident within the first few sessions. Neurofeedback is not a quick fix; it is a program that allows your brain and central nervous system to release old habits and re-train itself in a healthier form which takes time and commitment on your part in the form of regular sessions. The total number of sessions required differs from person to person and we will monitor your specific needs. Your dedicated Neurofeedback Practitioner will be able to recommend your Brain Training Program specific to you, depending on your presentation at Session 1.
How often do I need to Train?
Neurofeedback is Brain Training and, like any training, it is repetition that gets the skills in place and then establishes resiliency and long lasting outcomes. Thus it becomes important to carry the improvements across from one session to the next. Most people achieve this with one session per week at the beginning, with a decrease in frequency towards the end of training. If you wish for a faster and easier outcome then two sessions per week are optimal. However, it is important to say that we have had many clients who have achieved very good outcomes with fortnightly sessions or less. This includes fly in fly out mining workers who are training a few days in a row once every three weeks or less. In addition, we have clients who are on the move and will do daily or twice daily sessions for a week or so with the benefits flowing on over time post Neurofeedback training. In short, any frequency of training is better than none and we can work out an individual program to suit your lifestyle and budget.
How should I expect to feel between sessions?
Many clients feel the positive effects of Neurofeedback from their very first session, as the changes can be felt between sessions and before the full change has ‘settled in.’ Very often the change people experience with Neurofeedback is remarkably effortless and seamless. The challenge with this is to notice the changes that are happening. The process is so simple and easy that as changes occur, you may even be tempted to attribute these improvements to something else you are doing. When clients have been used to an effort/reward system of growth and healing, they often find it hard to accept that it really can be this easy. As clients transition to optimal brain functionality, it is often that they don’t remember accurately what it was like when they came in at the Initial Consultation. This is why after every session we track your progress, and every 10 sessions we measure your overall progress since your first session. This process of seamless change is why it is important to monitor any changes, no matter how subtle, in the areas in which you hope to see improvement occurring. But not all change is seamless, and some people may have feelings that are less comfortable, such as feeling more open, vulnerable, raw, reactive or tearful. Sometimes it is not that they feel more of these emotions, but instead are becoming more aware of their feelings. As you progress through your Brain Training Program, you may still be experiencing the same symptoms, but are they less frequent and of a lesser intensity. You may find you can cope better with the symptoms now, that your reactiveness level is lowered and you are less stressed and anxious even though the symptoms persist? Another effect is that some of the people in your environment (family members, workmates, friends) can be challenged by the changes in you, as you become clearer around your needs. There can be bodily shifts too. As your brain becomes more finely tuned, the negative effects of some of our bad habits become harder to ignore, like drinking too much or not getting enough sleep. Your tolerance for alcohol may reduce, so the same amount of alcohol will feel like more, so please adjust accordingly. This is relevant for all artificial stimulants – e.g. coffee, sugar etc.
How will I know if Neurofeedback can help me?
International Clinical Studies based on over three million hours of experience with the specific Neurofeedback systems that we use, we can make some predictions. Clinical studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of Neurofeedback across a large variety of presentations, so the good thing is you do not have to take it on faith and trust that it will help you — you will know pretty quickly when it is helping you. Your dedicated Neurofeedback Practitioner can talk you through these studies to put your mind at ease if you like. If you see any changes at all, even if it not yet what you are looking for, or even if it is something you don’t want or expect, it is always helpful and important to share with us because it tells us that your brain is responding to the information which the Neurofeedback is providing.
How do I access your services?
We are located at 307 Lord Street, Highgate, Western Australia, which is easily located whether you are coming from north or south on the freeway. Its just beside Mount Lawley, and if taking the train we are an 8 minute walk from the East Perth Train Station. Accessing our services is really simple and straightforward. Simply book in online, call us on 1300 501 843 or send us a message via the website form on any website page and we will contact you to organise an appointment for you. Remember, you are more than welcome to have a free phone consultation with one of our Accredited Neurofeedback Practitioners in advance of making your first appointment, so that you can make sure you are making the right decision for you. Any other questions? If you have any questions that we have not addressed above, please feel free to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our Accredited Neurofeedback Practitioners. Call us today. We can help.
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It’s like going to the gym for your brain.
Neurofeedback Brain Training is a form of operant conditioning, so in every session you are building on the mental resilience and adaptability gained from the last session. Your brain is like a muscle, so you need to train your mental health similar to training your physical health. You do not need to wait for a few sessions to see if you will feel any different, you may be able to notice this from your first session. The only thing we need from you is your commitment. Otherwise, it’s quite a passive and relaxing experience.
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The team at Brain Training Australia recognise the unique qualities of all our clients and work closely with you so that you can achieve your goals of optimal mental processing. As you work through a Brain Training Program with us, we use tracking tools to monitor your progress and regular sessions are essential.
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