NMT Treatment for Adults with Autism Diagnosis

July 8th, 2009 | Posted by Fred Bloem, MD in NeuroModulation Technique

From the NMT Communication Forum:

I think potentially adults with autism could transform as rapidly as children with autism, but you would likely have a similar spectrum of slow responders to faster responders to NMT due to the factors that let to the autism symptoms.

I have used NMT with a 37 year-old high functioning Asperger’s patient with good results.  One issue that can arise in working with children and adults with autism is the extent that they may need skills training (whether motor, sensory integration, social, etc.) after the conditions which have led to the autism symptoms have been cleared or resolved.

For example, let’s say an adult who was able to come off the autism spectrum as a result of NMT treatments and had never driven a car, suddenly “got it” about how to operate a car.  He would still need much practice behind the wheel before he could coordinate all the skills and actions required to actually drive one, and his body would need to learn the motor memory and sequential and concurrent awareness demands of driving.

Remember that there is no such thing as autism, it’s just a label for a group of symptoms.

Bob Weiner, Ph.D.

Dr. Bob Weiner is the Study Chair for the NeuroModulation Technique Autism Study which is being prepared for publication at the time of this writing. Children (ages 5-10) who participated in the NMT autism study in which Dr. Bloem participated demonstrated statistically significant improvement in all areas of functioning as measured by the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC), the Aberrant Behavior Checklist (ABC) and the Pervasive Developmental Disorder Behavior Inventory (PDDBI). Global function improved – maladaptive behaviors decreased and adaptive behaviors increased. These results occurred in just 12 sessions of NMT, twice a week for 6 weeks.

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