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.
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, prefers 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 communicating 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 is 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 MeRTSM treatment for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. MeRTSM is a unique and improved version of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), and is 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 MeRTSM 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.
MeRTSM stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. MeRTSM. It is a cutting edge treatment protocol which 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 MeRTSM is more evolved. Our MeRTSM is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on an 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 four to six 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 week.*
MeRTSM featured on “The Doctors” TV Show
MeRTSM was featured on The Doctors TV Show as a new treatment for Autism, which you can see here.
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