Autism Breakthroughs

"While research is focused on identifying specific mechanisms underlying autism, families are searching for an understanding of the disorder that will enable them to manage their child and to develop a strategy to optimize their child’s potential"
~ Dr Stephen W. Porges


This journal examines breakthroughs in autism therapy.

Thursday
May042017

Student discovers how to resolve sociability in autism

A high school student recently completed a study on biofeedback techniques and autism with outstanding results. After just 18 sessions his adolescent autistic subject showed significant improvement in self-reported calm and lowered heart rate.

The results of the ATEC (Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist) showed strong improvement in sensory and cognitive awareness and a ‘dramatic improvement in sociability’.

This study leads the way to the future in autism treatment. We are beginning to see the connection between the body and autism and studies are now showing a correlation between high resting heart rate and symptoms of autism like anxiety and low sociability.

The work of Dr. Stephen Porges and his Polyvagal Theory has contributed significantly to the shift in emphasis to autism and high alert body states.

Previously autism has been thought to be solely a brain deficit and treatments were based on the assumption that there was no potential for progress, that people with autism just needed heavy handed lessons in behavioural skills.

With this new assumption, the doors have opened up to the potential for people with autism to live a much brighter, much less physically debilitating life.

Like the above study, the ART program designed by Holly Bridges works to redefine (reframe) what it means to have autism. It works to progressively teach the student techniques to calm, self-soothe and reconnect the mind and body.

When this happens the social, emotional, cognitive and sensory awareness capacity of the individual improves significantly and spontaneously. See the many examples here.

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Berger M. J. (2007) The efficacy of selected biofeedback techniques in mitigating symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder. Biofeedback. 35 pp. 62-68.

http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/26393328
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23248075
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26341093
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27491489