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Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine & Children ADHD & Autism Specialist located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

Autism spectrum disorder affects 1 of every 54 children in the United States. Treatment usually includes behavior modification, therapy, and special education. Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, has successfully treated more than 10,000 patients with autism spectrum disorder using a biofeedback-centered non-drug program. To learn more and schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you today.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Q & A

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder, or autism, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects brain development. In May 2013, autism spectrum disorders were redefined to include a broad category of diagnoses, including:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s disorder
  • Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Childhood disintegrative disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is more common in boys than girls.

What are autism spectrum disorder symptoms?

Autism spectrum disorder symptoms vary from child to child and range from mild to severe. Differentiating between low-functioning autism and high-functioning autism is generally based on a child’s IQ (intelligence quotient).

Signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder include:

  • Impaired social interaction
  • Impaired communication
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive behaviors

Some children on the autism spectrum may show a delay in development during the first two years, while other children seemingly develop normally and then regress between ages 2-3. 

An autism diagnosis is based on a cluster of behavioral symptoms. However, an autism diagnosis doesn’t provide answers that explain the origins of the symptoms. 

What happens during an autism spectrum disorder evaluation?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) brain mapping to pinpoint the networks or neural circuits in the brain that are misfiring or malfunctioning and causing or contributing to autistic symptoms. 

With brain mapping, Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine is able to correlate symptoms with specific regions of the brain. For example, children with social communication deficits generally show abnormalities in the right regions of the brain. 

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine assesses children with autism spectrum disorder at 4 and a half years of age. 

The information gathered during the diagnostic testing is used to develop a custom-tailored treatment plan that addresses the origin of the symptoms or the site of brain dysregulation. 

How is autism spectrum disorder treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine uses biofeedback to treat autism spectrum disorder. During treatment, you or your child wears a head sensor that records and displays brain function on a computer screen. 

The biofeedback enables you to improve the areas of the brain that are misfiring to reduce negative symptoms. Most patients experience a significant improvement in quality of life after treatment.

After completing biofeedback at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, some patients no longer meet the criteria for an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

To learn more, call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine and book an appointment today.