New Treatment Capitalizes on Autism’s Unique Characteristics

New Treatment Capitalizes on Autism’s Unique Characteristics
By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor

Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 26, 2013

An innovative method to treat children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder attempts to turn their symptoms into strengths by using biofeedback and hypnosis. “Teaching kids with autism spectrum disorder skills in turning down their fight or flight response and turning up the opposite may fundamentally allow them to be more socially engaging, decrease some of the need for cognitive rigidity and repetitive behaviors and, more importantly, allow them to feel better,” said Sugarman. His model is presented in an article, “Symptoms as Solutions: Hypnosis and Biofeedback for Autonomic Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder” published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. The methods are tied to learning to self-regulate the autonomic nervous system —including the fight or flight mechanism — that, for many people with autism, is an engine idling on high.

According to Dr. Levinson, this research-based therapeutic methodology offers great prospects for those higher functioning individuals with ASD capable of utilizing biofeedback responses. It will also generate significant insights into how decreasing primary autonomic system responses can minimize secondary regressive behaviors while maximizing compensation.

About Harold Levinson, M.D.

Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His “highly original” research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Initially supported by Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles and other outstanding cerebellar neurophysiologists and inner-ear scientists, Levinson’s research has more recently been independently validated worldwide by highly sophisticated neuroimaging brain studies.

For more information, call 1(800) 334-7323 or visit www.dyslexiaonline.com.

Source: Rochester Institute of Technology

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About Dr. Harold Levinson
About Harold Levinson, M.D. Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800) 334-7323 or visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com

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