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Monday, October 20, 2008

EEG Biofeedback and Autism: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life



Excerpt from ... Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness

There are five types of brain-wave patterns

1) Delta brain waves (1-4 cycles per second) very slow and mostly during sleep

2) Theta brain waves (5-7 cycles per second) slow, daydreaming, relaxation

3) Alpha brain waves (8-12 cycles per second) mostly during relaxed states

4) SMR (sensorimotor rhythm ) brain waves (12-15 cycles per second) occurring during focused relaxation

5) Beta brain waves (13-24 cycles per second) fast brain waves during concentration or mental work

Over the last dozen years researchers including Joel Lubar, Ph.D. have demonstrated the effectiveness of a powerful tool to treat ADD problems: EEG biofeedback.

In evaluating over 6,000 children with ADD, Dr. Lubar found that the basic problem with these children is they lack the ability to maintain “beta” concentration for sustained periods of time. Through the use of EEG biofeedback, Dr. Lubar found that children could be taught to increase the amount of “beta” brain waves and decrease the amount of “theta” brain waves.

More research needs to be done but studies have shown that autistic children have also been helped by studying these different brain waves.

CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR LIFE, Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D.

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