Autism – New Research and Interventions Update

Introduction: 

New research on the underlying neurology of autism is exploding as is information on the most effective interventions available to drive positive neurological changes in children on the autism spectrum. Join Dr. Martha Burns as she discusses the new research and shares data on neuroscience-based interventions that have been shown to enhance language, attention, and social skills in children on the autism spectrum.

INDEX:

WEBINAR – Key Topics –
Autism New Research and Interventions
Prevalence of Autism
Five Known Incidences
How the Brain (Synapses) Work
How Autism Affect the Social Brain
Multi-Sensory Integration
Role of Genetics/Vaccinations/Toxins
Research on Fast ForWord as an ASD Intervention
The Economist Article
Demonstration of Fast ForWord
Question and Answers

 
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Get a Free Extract from the book “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge
 
Autism spectrum disorders - Economist - World News, Politics, Economics, Business & Finance

Link to The Economist articles on Autism discussed on the Webinar

 

 

 

 

 

Link to Blog Article on the 4 Key Areas of Research on Autism

HIGHLIGHTS

What are 5 known issues about the brain and what do we understand?

First of all is that autism spectrum disorders are neurodevelopmental disorders

The brain of a child on the autism spectrum is different from the brain of a child who doesn’t fall on the autism spectrum. That doesn’t mean that those children are necessarily in anyway impaired in many aspects of thinking…..

There are also differences in the way the brain of children of spectrum connects to each other. The regions connect  to each other. I will show you that data. There is an imbalance in the way that the brain become excited verses the way that they inhabits. So this children tend to be hyper aroused or hypo aroused……

How Autism Affect the Social Brain

So the brain is the same way and when you start seeing one problem or one different then often you just start seeing many others as well and you don’t know which is really the primary issue or how they are sometimes related..

Multi-Sensory Integration
Now we also know the children on the spectrum have trouble with sensory or multisensory integration. OT’s have known this a long time. It’s the key to sensory integration therapy and what they know is that children can’t handle speech and hearing and vision all at the same time the brain becomes overwhelmed by that. So one of the things we are going to talk about when we talk about intervening with this kid is having more structured auditory intervention,

Role of Genetics/Vaccinations/Toxins
Just a little bit about the genetics. Just so you know that some parents think of maybe vaccines led to my child’s autism or some other kinds of issues. There is a movie out right now that was pulled, I think it was  on that whole issue with  vaccines, but the important thing to understand and if autism is genetic. That doesn’t mean that the child inherits all of the genes………

Question

Please re-explain synaptic plasticity?

Answer

Synaptic plasticity then is the fact the brain is an experience dependent organ. What that means is that unlike your liver, your heart, your kidney your born with them and you got what you are born with. But the human brain is designed to shape itself based on experience and so the term is – experience depended on the organ. So if you are born in Japan your brain is good at Japanese, if you are a musician your brain gets really good at music and it gets better and better the more you do that…………………………..