LANC and Autism

Autism, more formally called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is classified as a Developmental Disorder because symptoms generally manifest in the first 2 years of life.  Milder forms of Autism may go undiagnosed until adulthood, however. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the occurrence of Autism is 2 to 6 per 1,000. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) classifies Autism as a Spectrum Disorder because there is a very wide variation in types and severity of symptoms between people. While some risk factors have been identified, the true cause of Autism remains unknown. Autism is considered a lifelong disorder, but there are means to render the symptoms less pronounced and, for symptoms which have specific “triggers,” less likely to arise.Symptoms of Autism range from profound, such as explosive disruptions, difficulty processing sensory stimuli, and restricted or repetitive behavior, to subtle, such as difficulty maintaining appropriate eye contact and facial expressions as well as difficulties in social situations.

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Traditional Options and Results

There is no “cure” for ASD. The only commonly accepted options for Autism range from Behavioral Management and Cognitive Behavioral therapy to Nutritional and Animal-Assisted therapy. The effects of the various therapies can vary widely between individuals and it may take a long time to discover which specific therapies work best for which individuals.

Medication isn’t a common option to treat ASD and there is only one medication that is FDA approved for treating the symptoms of Autism. However, since some symptoms of Autism are similar to ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression, medications prescribed for those disorders are sometimes prescribed for persons with Autism.* Those medications come with their own disadvantages and side effects – see our pages on ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression  for more information.

How Does DNF Relate to Autism

Autism is thought to arise from neural connectivity issues in the brain. Research has shown that in people with Autism, there are areas of deficient connectivity and other areas with excessively highconnectivity. Or, as one article in Science Daily puts it: “…some areas of the brain are chatting excessively with themselves, while failing to communicate normally with other relevant regions.”

Direct Neural Feedback is all about improving neural connectivity. This means both correcting neural pathways in deficient areas and allowing the brain to reduce and rearrange neural pathways with excessively high connectivity. Since many of the symptoms of Autism are similar to symptoms of ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression, DNF has similar effects in addressing those symptoms. See our pages on ADHD [link], Anxiety [link], and Depression [link] for more information.

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How LANC Can Help With Autism

As we’ve said, there is no “cure” for Autism.  However, research has shown that DNF can have a profound impact on reducing the symptoms of Autism, the occurrence of specific detrimental behaviors, and the duration of those behaviors.  Research has also shown that DNF’s effects on persons with Autism are long-lasting. One study “indicates maintenance of improvement of executive functions and social behavior after 12 months in comparison with the immediate outcomes.” Improvement can be seen in people all across the spectrum, from those with high-functioning autism or those who have Asperger’s Syndrome to individuals who are profoundly affected with multiple symptoms.

DNF sessions for clients with Autism are a bit different than others. Ordinarily, a LANC practitioner relies on feedback from the client to adjust the effects as the session progresses and assesses the effects over time. For a client with Autism, it may be necessary for the practitioner to rely on the observations of the client’s caregiver to assess the effects. One of the greatest benefits of LANC sessions is that they require almost no involvement on the part of the client. LANC sessions are done in a quiet, relaxing environment that may help minimize anxiety and triggered responses in those with Autism. LANC sessions are typically 30 minutes, but can be even shorter if necessary for the client’s comfort. Clients with Autism may require more than the typical 25 sessions LANC recommends for most people. For clients who have mobility issues, LANC can schedule in-home sessions.

While most of LANC’s clients report a degree of immediate improvement in the area of concern, usually during or immediately after a session, improvements in clients with Autism may not be observable until the client is placed in situations where their symptoms arise. Between 60 and 80 percent of caregivers for those with Autism report observable reductions, or even absence of symptoms within the first few weeks of sessions.

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How to Get Started w/ Direct Neurofeedback

  • Call our 24hr appointment line at (323) 705-3031 to schedule your $87 Special Initial Consultation and Session
  • Fill out New Client Form
  • Experience your first session of Direct Neurofeedback and map out your customized approach to achieving brain wellness with your neurocoach

A LANC Direct Neurofeedback practitioner will be happy to schedule an initial one-hour session for you, your child, or an individual in your care. During the initial call, make sure you communicate the specifics of the client’s symptoms to the practitioner so that LANC can provide the best setting possible. During the appointment, your practitioner will discuss the client’s condition further, address the client and caregiver’s concerns, and perform the client’s first Direct Neurofeedback session. This initial intake session costs only $49.00.

*If you or the person for whom you are a caregiver are currently taking medication for Autism, Anxiety, Depression, or any other emotional or psychological disorder, be sure to tell your LANC practitioner on your first visit. Do not stop taking medication or adjust your dosage without consulting your prescribing physician.

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Ongoing Sessions & Expectation Using Direct Neurofeedback

Subsequent sessions are 30minutes long and it is recommended that a minimum of 2 sessions be completed per week, for the first 3 weeks. Sessions are then spaced out depending on how long the results are enduring for the client.

Clients can often tell in the first session or two if Direct Neurofeedback will be the beneficial for them to continue. An average of 15-20 sessions total are required for enduring results. For clients who are only in town for a short amount of time, sessions can be done on back-to-back days so that 20 sessions can be completed over a few weeks period.

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NeuroCoach
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Jillian
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