Neurofeedback Training as an Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Systematic Review
Objective: To review relevant literature analyzing the effectiveness of neurofeedback training (NFT) as an intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Methods: Studies were gathered through PubMed and CINAHL to evaluate the change in cognitive, behavioral, and social difficulties associated with ASD.
Results: The six studies included in this review reported cognitive, behavioral, and social improvements for children with ASD that received NFT. Studies showed that brain activity (as measured by EEG) normalized in comparison to typically developing (TD) participants. Parents reported through various questionnaires that participants' behavioral and social symptoms reduced in severity.
Conclusion: The use of NFT as an intervention for children with ASD is associated with an overall improvement in functioning and a decrease in symptoms.