How Might Autistic Children Be Similar? In Their Brainwaves!

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Baby in EEG cap at Boston Children’s Hospital

Baby in EEG cap at Boston Children’s Hospital

 

See today’s article by Karen Weintraub for Boston WBUR radio about Bright Minds Institute’s special brain scan technology in action — referenced by researchers in two new peer-reviewed medical articles.

The article quotes Dr. Miranda as well as Dr. Duffy, two key people responsible for Bright Minds Institute’s medical excellence and continued success.  The article also highlights a new study about EEG spectral coherence in children with Autism vs a “neuro-typical” control group, as well as another new study about Developmental Trajectories of Resting EEG Power.

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Duffy said he hopes his EEG analysis could also be used to show whether an autism treatment is working.

“If you think you have a useful therapy, looking at the physiological brain changes might be a hint that you’re going in the right direction or not,” he said.

 

Dr. Fernando Miranda, a cognitive behavioral neurologist in San Francisco, and long-time friend of Duffy’s, said an EEG-based test will also be much easier for people with autism than other types of brain scans. Children don’t have to lie still for an EEG to work, or be placed into an MRI tube — both of which can be a challenge for a child on the spectrum.

“This is really an important way of looking objectively” at the brain of someone with autism, Miranda said.

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