Facilitating Neurofeedback in Children with Autism and Intellectual Impairments Using TAGteach.
- Author(s): LaMarca, Kristen;
- Gevirtz, Richard;
- Lincoln, Alan J;
- Pineda, Jaime A
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3466-4
Individuals with autism and intellectual impairments tend to be excluded from research due to their difficulties with methodological compliance. This study focuses on using Teaching with Acoustic Guidance-TAGteach-to behaviorally prepare children with autism and a IQ ≤ 80 to participate in a study on neurofeedback training (NFT). Seven children (ages 6-8) learned the prerequisite skills identified in a task analysis in an average of 5 h of TAGteach training, indicating that this is a feasible method of preparing intellectually-impaired children with autism to participate in NFT and task-dependent electroencephalography measures. TAGteach may thus have the potential to augment this population's ability to participate in less accessible treatments and behavioral neuroscientific studies.