Small coils of wire are placed on the scalp. The coils produce magnetic fields designed to stimulate brain activity. Researchers at the University of Louisville in Kentucky are experimenting with this exciting form of therapy. Patients went for treatment two times a week for a period of five weeks. The treatment sessions lasted 20 minutes. The results were quite exciting and hopeful. Patients participating in the research experienced fewer periods of hyperactivity, repetitive behavior or sensory overload. There were no side effects, which is very encouraging. Often patients with autism have very high abilities in specific areas. For example, the autistic patient with unusually gifted math skills did not experience any decrease in mathematical ability. The reduction in these types of disturbing and distressing symptoms gave the patients an enhanced ability to communicate and relate to their surroundings.
The use of electromagnetic waves to treat disorders has actually been around for quite awhile. Its application to patients suffering from autism is, however, very new and extremely exciting.
These latest study findings are very exciting because if environmental factors are found to be a direct cause for Autism then there are ways to intervene or change the environment, and to prevent this condition from developing. We should be able to save countless future children from a difficult or unfullfilled life.
Autism – What On Earth is Going On
Parents and caregivers of autistic children have been concerned for years and now the facts are in: children with autism, by and large, are eating poorly and perhaps dangerously so.
The mutations of three genes have been linked to autism in a new series of studies published in the journal Nature.
New research is showing language delays or speech problems in the siblings of autistic children.
Overweight mothers with either Type 2 or gestational diabetes may be more likely to have a child with autism or with other developmental disabilities according to a recent study conducted by the University of California – Davis.