Drake Institute - Aspergers Treatment
The Effective Asperger's Treatment without Drugs
Aspergers is a neurologic developmental disorder.
For 30 years the Drake Institute has made biofeedback and neurofeedback the the centerpiece of our non drug preferred treatment programs for various disorders. Our having helped more than 11,000 patients over the last 30 years has produced a level of knowledge and clinical expertise that could not have been acquired in any other way.
As a medical clinic we could prescribe medications for the disorders that we help, but for clinical effectiveness, safety and long term improvement we choose our non drug treatment programs. This includes our non drug Asperger's treatment.
Drawing from the Drake Institute's many years of clinical experience and success in treating ADD patients with brainmap guided neurofeedback, we were able to develop a highly effective non drug Aspergers treatment program utilizing brainmap guided neurofeedback for more than a decade Brain imaging with qEEG brain mapping has produced breakthroughs in unlocking and providing answers to helping our patients with Aspergers.
Our non drug Aspergers treatment is based on the brainmap findings for each patient. Every child with Aspergers that we help has an individualized neurofeedback protocol that is derived from his/her brain map. In addition our clinical staff of therapists provide much needed support for the parents to facilitate the Autistic child's improvements integrating into his/her everyday life.
Aspergers Syndrome is one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. The symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome are milder than those of Autism. The syndrome was first described in the 1940's by the Austrian pediatrician, Dr. Hans Asperger. Unlike in Autism, there is no speech nor language delay in Aspergers. In addition, patients with Aspergers Syndrome frequently have good cognitive skills.
Core symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome
- Impaired Social Interaction
- Language Use is Atypical
- Restricted Interests
- Repetitive Behaviors
Because multiple areas and functional systems in the brain can be affected, the Aspergers patient can also have varying degrees of symptoms of ADD or ADHD.
Diagnosis is based on a cluster of behavioral symptoms, though the symptoms are neurologically based. The diagnosis of Asperger's itself does not provide answers to the origin of the symptoms. Only studying the brain can provide those answers.
Brain Mapping - Improving Diagnosis & Aspergers Treatment
Using modern brain science the Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine has utilized qEEG brain mapping to better pinpoint which areas or neural circuits in the brain are misfiring or malfunctioning that are causing or contributing to the Aspergers symptoms. The more information the physician has on what is contributing to the patient's Aspergers symptoms, the more effective the treatments for Aspergers can be implemented using EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback). EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) enables the Aspergers patient to improve the brain's regions and neural circuitry that are misfiring .
For example, the right posterior areas of the brain are involved in experiencing , integrating social emotional information. It is involved in understanding nonverbal cues and nonverbal information. If this region is misfiring, the child will be compromised in picking up on other people's facial expressions, body language, social nuances, social interactions. They may not be aware of how their words or behavior impacts on others, so they may say things that could be hurtful to others and have no clue. An overweight woman gets into an elevator and the Aspergers child says to his mother " There is no room in here for this fat lady". What he said may have been true but he is completely unaware of the painful impact of his words on this woman.
They will talk nonstop on a topic of special interest to themselves, and be completely uninterested in what the other person has to say. The right posterior part of the brain being "shutdown" or "asleep" will limit the patient's capacity for taking in social/emotional information that is essential for developing and maintaining relationships.
The Aspergers patient doesn't choose to be socially disconnected; it is a byproduct of systems in their brain being shutdown or disconnected. This can result from too many slow brainwaves causing underfunctioning, or too many fast brainwaves causing overstimulation and chaos in the brain. This can be significantly improved in an Aspegers Treatment, with EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback). Without a brainmap, the clinician has no idea what is going on in the brain. A brainmap for Aspergers patients is as important as an EKG (electrocardiogram) is for a heart patient with chest pain.
- The social deficits show up in the right areas of the brain.
- Emotional expressive deficits commonly show up on the right frontal region.
- Brainmap findings are correlated with the clinical symptoms and evaluation to determine the optimal EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) protocols.
If you or a family member need help, please fill out our confidential online form and Aspergers Treatment checklist. The Drake Institute will contact you promptly to arrange a free telephone screening consultation with a member of our clinical staff to determine if we can help you.
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