Infra-slow Fluctuation (ISF) Training for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Infra-slow Fluctuation Training (ISF), a non-invasive drug free intervention, offers the clinician an opportunity to provide neurofeedback training at the functional core of ASD that is both safe and effective. Regular workshops in this ground breaking technique are offered recurrently, both nationally and internationally. This webinar offers a preview of a new paradigm in neurofeedback training. Evidence of clinical success with ASD is growing rapidly. Thinking of adding a new tool to your clinical arsenal for ASD? Take a test drive and see for yourself if ISF training makes sense for your practice.
On Friday March 27, 2015 at 9:00am Mountain time spend 90 minutes with Mark Smith as he describes the ground breaking work that has proved so powerfully effective for ASD clients.
To register: https://certify.bcia.org/4DCGI/events/register.html?Action=Register&ConfID_W=493&
Poor sensory processing in the autistic brain has a host of consequences. Researchers have theorized that the disorder is characterized by overwhelmingly painful sensory perceptions that are experienced as emotionally charged and traumatic. This painful hyper-perception leads to obsessively detailed information processing of fragments of the world and a defensive decoupling of the autistic individual from a painfully intense world (H. Markram et al., 2007; K. Markram & Markram, 2010).
Recent research suggests that the core symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that include restricted reciprocal social interaction, deficits in communication, repetitive behaviors, and sensory sensitivity are associated with abnormalities in neural communication (Billeci et al., 2013; Cantor, Thatcher, Hrybyk, & kaye, 1986; Coben, Clarke, Hudspeth, & Barry, 2008; Duffy & Als, 2012; Khan et al., 2013; Monk et al., 2009). Disordered network communication interferes with the normal synchronization of neuronal networks and compromises communication within and between networks of function. This produces abnormal processing of sensory inputs necessary for normal behavior. Altered connectivity within networks of function has been linked in research to ASD behavioral deficits.
Noting a similar correlation to the Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) signal, researchers have recently concluded that infra-slow frequencies arise from cellular mechanisms including glia, neurons, and blood. These oscillations reflect the same underlying physiological phenomena: a superstructure of interrelating slow brain waves that coordinates the integration of active neuronal networks(Palva & Palva, 2012). Infra-slow Fluctuation training addresses the core functional deficit of ASD, disordered neural communication.