Autism Spectrum Disorder affects how a person perceives the outside world and interacts with others. This can cause issues with social interactions, communication skills, learning, and the ability to function independently. Autism can also cause a person to behave inappropriately in response to normal everyday situations. Symptoms and their severity can vary wildly which determines where a person is on the “spectrum.” Asperger’s Syndrome also falls under Autism Spectrum Disorder and usually refers to the mild end of the spectrum.
Most children who are afflicted show symptoms in the first year of life, however, others may develop normally and then regress between 18 and 24 months of age, causing them to lose skills they’ve already learned, and take on other characteristics of Autism.
Every child with Autism will have their own unique behavior patterns and severity levels, from high-functioning to low-functioning. Intelligence levels can vary from low to high. However, even if they have high levels of intelligence and learn quickly, they still may lack common sense, adequate social skills, the ability to communicate well, and not be able to cope with everyday life situations with appropriate responses.
We are dropping a line to thank you, Naomi, and Carlos for your help last summer with Immanuel. We are RVing this weekend and marveling at how well Immanuel now socializes with other children at the campsite. We were here last year around the same time and he needed constant play supervision because he kept arguing & trying to control play. This weekend he’s able to go along with what others are playing.
He is also at a private school with no special ed teacher to support him, and he is able to succeed without the extra support. It’s a small classroom, but last year it would have been impossible. Immanuel has made such strides socially, with non verbal cues, being flexible, and regulating his frustrations.
His occupational therapist has been amazed, as well. She evaluated him before he started treatment with you but started therapy AFTER we returned from Texas. She says that he has been crushing the prescribed program— he scored significantly above expectations at the latest eval. and he’s is speeding through the stages. We are thrilled by Immanuel’s progress and the fact that he can play with other kids—he’s had numerous play dates at our house and they’ve gone well. This touches our hearts more than anything—that he has friends now.
Again, thank you for making this treatment available and for your guiding us through the process. We looked forward to the summer.” – David and Debbie J.
“Autism… has a very, very specific EEG pattern that we’ve recognized in the past several years. A lot of times our executive function, our ability to understand, learn, and speak, [is located in] our frontal lobes. That’s really where we become ourselves as we mature and understand… and interact with the world around us.
“A lot of learning differences are broken frontal lobes or broken language centers in the temporal lobes or something of that nature. And when we recognize that or when we hear the story and correlate it with an EEG, we can then formulate a very specific plan for treatment of that patient.”
– Dr. Spencer O. Miller, Neurologist, Owner and Medical Director of Brain Treatment Center Dallas
Common Signs and Symptoms of Autism Include:
- Doesn’t respond to their name and doesn’t always hear when spoken to.
- Seems to live in their own world, prefer being alone, and resists physical human contact such as hugging or cuddling.
- Not being able to speak, or having the delayed ability to speak. They can also lose a previous ability to say words.
- Doesn’t make eye contact and lacks expression.
- Uses an abnormal rhythm such as robotic speech.
- Repeats words or phrases without understanding their meaning.
- Doesn’t understand simple questions.
- Doesn’t express emotions or have compassion for others’ feelings.
- Acts out inappropriately in social situations such as being disruptive.
- Doesn’t understand nonverbal clues or body language.
- Repetitive movements like rocking back and forth.
- Performs self-harming activities such as head-banging or biting themselves.
- Clumsiness or moving in odd ways, being stiff.
- Being extremely routine-orientated and becomes upset or disruptive with the smallest changes.
- Sensitivity to lights or sounds, but may not seem to feel actual pain.
- Abnormal fixation on objects or parts of objects even if they don’t understand what the object is.
When children are on the mild end of the spectrum, they have a better chance of becoming more engaged in relationships with others and have fewer behavioral disturbances. Others that are on the moderate to severe end of the spectrum will have problems with communication and social skills. Teenaged years can bring increased issues with behavior and emotional problems. However, according to patients (or their parents), MeRTSM has been life-changing.*
Causes of Autism
Currently, there is no known single cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder, however inherited genetic factors account for approximately 80% of those at risk for Autism, according to a study published by the National Institute of Health.
Scientists are also researching whether or not environmental factors may play a role such as viral infections, complications in pregnancy, or medications. There have been NO reliable studies that show a link between Autism and the use of vaccines.
Early diagnosis and intervention are most helpful and can help improve social skills, behavior, and language. Children don’t usually outgrow Autism, however, they can learn to function very well. There are several different therapies that can help, and the earlier the better. It’s important to find a medical team that can assist on many levels.
Here at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, Dr. Miller and his staff offer MeRT treatment for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are five years and older. MeRT is a unique and improved version of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), and is a much more individualized approach to brain modulation, and is tailored to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and power used. TMS modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil, however, it is important to note that TMS is a generalized approach to neuromodulation because it is only able to target a single location in the brain with a single frequency.
While the neuromodulation equipment used in the MeRT has been cleared by the FDA in the treatment of drug-resistant depression, it may also be used off-label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. These include Autism and other brain disorders. Patients have reported incredible and ongoing improvement for those afflicted with Autism Spectrum Disorder.*
We perform a quantitative EEG before modulation treatment starts in order to determine exactly the frequency of your brain.
MeRT stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. MeRT is a cutting-edge treatment protocol that combines technologies of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA cleared therapy), Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments that are tailored for each individual’s unique brain pattern.
Most TMS treatments are used to deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency for all patients, however, MeRT is more evolved. Our MeRT is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on initial thorough testing and evaluation. This customized, scientific approach is unique to each patient.
The patient’s initial testings are analyzed very carefully as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Through this detailed analysis, we are able to determine the correct neural synchronization. This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. This can lead to significant clinical symptom improvements.*
Treatment for Autism usually lasts for six to eight weeks and may require follow-up annually. Appointments are 30-45 minutes in length, Monday through Friday. Generally, the patient will begin to notice improvements during the first few weeks.*
MeRT featured on “The Doctors” TV Show
MeRT was featured on The Doctors TV Show as a new treatment for Autism, which you can see here.
*The Results shown are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on individual user and are not guaranteed.
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When many patients come to see us, they have lost hope as they don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. It’s rewarding as a practitioner to be able to help so many people realize a much better “normal” and a greatly improved quality of life.
If you have questions or would like to discuss our Treatment Protocols, we offer a Free consultation by phone. Our New Patient Coordinator will take the time to listen and explain. She is able to answer most questions and discuss our protocols, scheduling, fees, and other information. She is happy to assist you in any way she can.
Please call us to get more information about how our clinic and Dr. Miller may be able to help you with your health goals and to schedule an initial screening to see if MeRT may be an option.
Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance, nor file it on your behalf. However, we can provide you with CPT codes and a billing breakdown that you may submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement for conditions that have been FDA-cleared such as Major Depressive Disorder and OCD. On occasion, individuals have been successful in receiving reimbursement for EEGs and clinical evaluations, and possibly other elements for treatment, depending on the individual’s coverage. It has been our experience that Medicare does not reimburse any of the treatment costs.
For conditions other than Major Depressive Disorder and OCD, because treatment is considered “off-label,” insurance rarely reimburses any of the costs associated with treatment.
Starting as a New Patient
When you start as a new patient at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, you will initially need two appointments, approximately two days apart. Both appointments will be about an hour in length. These appointments will be used to determine if Dr. Miller feels you can truly benefit from the MeRT [Magnetic e-Resonance Treatment] Program and, if so, to develop a tailored treatment plan based on your test results. Once you have done the testing and Consultation, you are not obliged to begin treatment. This is something that you will determine once you have seen your test results and consulted with Dr. Miller.
At the first appointment, we will go over your reasons for seeking help, your medical history, your health goals, and all of your symptoms. You will then begin initial testing, which will involve an EEG and an EKG. These are both completely painless and easy and are done right in our office. Your information and test results are then sent over to our scientific and clinical teams, who will carefully analyze the results and determine the current state and functioning of the brain together with Dr. Miller.
We use a patented, scientific approach with the neurophysiological data gathered through testing to then develop a highly customized treatment plan that is aimed at encouraging healthy brain communication and function.
At your second appointment, you will meet with Dr. Miller for a Consultation. He will discuss your test results and whether or not he and our scientific team feel that results may be achieved for you through our treatment protocol. This appointment will also serve to answer any additional questions you may have. After that second appointment, Dr. Miller will lay out your individualized treatment plan and the protocols to be followed for the best results. At that point, you may discuss fees, length of treatment, and schedules, and then decide whether to go forward and schedule your treatment.
Protocol Adjustments for COVID-19
The Brain Treatment Center Dallas is open for business. In accordance with government regulations and for the safety of our patients, the following procedures have been implemented:
- We respectfully ask that if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness that you postpone your visit until you have been symptom-free for at least 14-days.
- Dr. Miller and our staff are fully vaccinated.
- International patients, please ask us protocols that are specific to your situation.
- We will disinfect the clinic between patient visits in order to keep your risk to a minimum.
- All patients (with the exception of children who are unable) are required to wear masks when entering the clinic.
- Dr. Miller is offering virtual consultations via Spruce or Skype, both of which are HIPAA compliant so that you can have your appointment from the comfort of your own home. These visits are done via telemedicine so Dr. Miller will be visible and right in front of you, just as he would be if you were seeing him in person. If you prefer an in-clinic consultation, we ask that you follow our social distancing protocols.
We value our patients, and want to make sure that you are still able to receive your treatment in a timely manner, however, due to the concerns regarding the Corona Virus, or COVID-19, we ask that you please adhere to the temporary procedures that we have implemented for everyone’s safety.
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*The Results shown are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual users and are not guaranteed.