Fascinating Autism Meetings--Past and Future

A discussion of our new theory of the final common pathway in autism--a defect in the 40 cycle brain event binding rhythm (Neureka!) and its effect on understanding and reacting to events--and our experience discussing it at three meetings.

Neureka Theory

Dr. Jon Cowan - Thursday, April 04, 2019

The Autism Community in Action (TACA) Meeting Educated Everyone Very Well

Last weekend we attended and exhibited at one of the best meetings I ever attended.  Its really difficult to design a meeting which appeals to both parents and scientists, offering something new and interesting to both of these diverse groups.  I believe that TACA succeeded once again, although I was somewhat chained to our Socialize ACE exhibit booth and didn't get to catch all the presentations.  I think all of them were recorded and you will be able to buy copies; those who attended could actually download the slides before the talks.  

Two Fascinating Talks

The two most outstanding presentations in my interest area were Dr. David Cantor's and Dr. Daniel Amen's.  David has been studying the neurophysiological differences of those with autism for many years, and has developed a very multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating them.  He employs a lot of neurofeedback training in his practice.  I learned a lot about the complexity of the origins of autistic issues from him.

Dr. Dan Amen's talk was very intriguing and comprehensive as well.  He filled in a lot of the fascinating picture of abnormal brain function by showing his pictures of SPECT Scans in a number of conditions compared with normal brains.  There are so many ways in which the brain can be abnormal, and after 150,000 brain scans he has developed a way to classify these images and complement them with other information gained from clinical testing.

Dr. Amen and Neurofeedback

What I admire about him is that he has always cast a wide net in his search for ways to understand and help people, and he keeps exploring. Specifically, in his talk, he stated "I am a fan of neurofeedback".  In fact, he was one of the first psychiatrists to offer neurofeedback, over 25 years ago.  I first met him when I visited Dr. Len Ochs, a well known neurotherapist, practicing in his office, accompanied by my mentor, Dr. Joe Kamiya, the discoverer of brainwave biofeedback.  We were interested in finding out what the clinical practice of neurofeedback was like in a busy practice.  Dr. Amen has continued to expand the use of neurofeedback in several of his clinics now located nationwide.

Sharing Our Results and a New Theory About Autistic Issues

I had the opportunity to talk with him briefly, with Dr. Cantor, with some of the staff at the Amen Clinics, and with other experts.  I shared with them the remarkable results that Dr. Sokhadze had found with our particular type of 40 cycle (Hertz) neurofeedback, and our conviction that setting up this neurofeedback in the clinic and then using it at home at least three times a week would be a very effective approach.  They all seemed quite interested.  

They were also very intrigued with our hypothesis about how problems in the functioning of the 40 Hertz scanning rhythm in the brain may be the final common pathway for the development of a number of autistic issues.  The 40 Hertz scanning rhythm integrates inputs in the brain to form our perception of events and new discoveries, which is why we call our clarified measurement of it Neureka!  It starts in the center of the thalamus and scans the cortex from front to back, 40 times a second, bringing back modified information to the central thalamus, which puts it all together.  If there are problems with the functioning of this system, events are not understood, and social behavior and other responses are not appropriate.  Social Behavior (on the SRS-2) improves quickly with our Neureka! and Focus training--halfway to normal in 18 sessions.  Understandably, the sufferer reacts emotionally to these problems.  We also see these emotional issues (anxiety, depression, oppositional-defiance, and conduct disorder) and attention issues normalizing within 18 training sessions, according to parent ratings.

An Encore Demonstration

I have been invited back to the meeting of the Autism Society of Kentuckiana to demonstrate to more children on April 13 at 10:00 AM at the Hockensmith Pediatric Evaluation Center (lower level) in Louisville.   Last time, after the meeting was over, I showed this to a 17-year old autistic boy.  He understood Focus and Neureka! very well within less than 10 minutes, and he also became convinced that this type of training was what he needed.  He was more focused and happier...that is until he threw a temper tantrum because he couldn't get the Socialize ACE that very day.    

International Society for Autism Research Innovative Technology Demonstration

We are particularly pleased to be selected to participate in the INSAR Innovative Technology Demonstration session on May 3 in Montreal at the Palais de Congress.  The International Society for Autism Research is the largest autism research group in the world, and over 5,000 people will attend.  The hotels are already selling out.  This year, the Innovative Technology Demonstration has been moved to the middle of the meeting (Friday) and we have 3.5 hours to show our poster and demonstrate to visitors, starting at 10:00 AM.  We should have some new data to add to many years of research demonstrating its efficacy.  

Please Check Out Our Website

To help you understand the benefits of this training, the best thing I can do is to ask you to look at our new website, www.socializeace.com, where we have made an effort to break up our remarkable new information into bite size chunks.  Please be sure to click on the Studies link at the top of that page to learn about the extraordinary improvements demonstrated in our latest university research study on Autism.  Consider participating in the next research study we describe there.

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