Biofeedback and Autism

Biofeedback is the general term for any therapeutic intervention that uses medical equipment to monitor a body function that is otherwise outside of our awareness. A blood pressure cuff, a thermometer, a PET scan are all medical devices that can be used for biofeedback interventions.

There are several specific types of biofeedback including

  • Electromyogram (EMG). This measures muscle activity and tension. It may be used for back pain, headaches, anxiety disorders, muscle retraining after injury, and incontinence.
  • Heart rate variability (HRA or HRV) biofeedback. This measures heart rate. It may be used for anxiety, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and irregular heartbeat.
  • Neurofeedback training  (aka electroencephalography or EEG biofeedback). This measures brain waves. It may be used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

More Information

Please see Biofeedback and Autism Publications

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25 Oct 2017