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An Effective Neurofeedback Intervention to Improve Social Interactions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Author(s): Friedrich, EVC
  • Sivanathan, A
  • Lim, T
  • Suttie, N
  • Louchart, S
  • Pillen, S
  • Pineda, JA
  • et al.
Abstract

© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Neurofeedback training (NFT) approaches were investigated to improve behavior, cognition and emotion regulation in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Thirteen children with ASD completed pre-/post-assessments and 16 NFT-sessions. The NFT was based on a game that encouraged social interactions and provided feedback based on imitation and emotional responsiveness. Bidirectional training of EEG mu suppression and enhancement (8–12 Hz over somatosensory cortex) was compared to the standard method of enhancing mu. Children learned to control mu rhythm with both methods and showed improvements in (1) electrophysiology: increased mu suppression, (2) emotional responsiveness: improved emotion recognition and spontaneous imitation, and (3) behavior: significantly better behavior in every-day life. Thus, these NFT paradigms improve aspects of behavior necessary for successful social interactions.

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