INTRODUCTION: Neurofeedback is believed to elicit growth and changes at cellular levels of the brain, which in turn support brain functioning and behavioral cognitive performance. The various interventions which include psychopharmacological, biomedical and behavioural strategies to address Autism may have been to improve communication and behavioural functioning. There seem to be sparse research done on improving the cognitive performance of Autistic children.
OBJECTIVE: Two children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) received a neurofeedback treatment that aimed to improve their level of executive control.
METHOD: Neurofeedback protocol was aimed at inhibiting theta and high beta enhancing SMR 13 -15 Hz over sessions. The two children received 80 sessions each.
RESULTS: Following treatment, children’s executive capacities were found to have improved greatly relative to pre-treatment assessment on a range of executive function tasks. Additional improvements were found in children’s social, communicative and self-stimulating behaviors.
CONCLUSION: The findings from this study suggest that neurofeedback can improve basic executive function impairment in ASD.