TMS Therapy Providers located in San Diego, CA
The most recent statistics report that autism spectrum disorder affects nearly 2% of all 8-year-old children. The team at MindSet are on the leading edge of a new treatment option for those with autism: personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS®). As PrTMS® restores disrupted brainwaves to a balanced state, nerve activity is normalized and autism symptoms may improve. To learn more about the potential of PrTMS® to treat autism, call the office in San Diego, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Autism Q & A
What is autism spectrum disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a range of symptoms that appear in early childhood and persist throughout adulthood. ASD encompasses a wide range of abilities, but everyone diagnosed with autism shares three core problems:
- Difficulty communicating and socializing
- Repetitive patterns of behavior
- Restrictive interests and activities
The severity and nature of their challenges vary for each person with autism. For example, some children with autism don’t speak, while others talk continuously about one subject. However, the core concerns are significant enough to interfere with their success at school, at home, and in the community.
What early symptoms develop in children with autism?
These are only a few examples of the early signs of autism:
Signs of communication or socialization problems include:
- Making little or no eye contact
- Not responding to their name
- Preferring to play alone
- Repeating phrases verbatim
- Talking only about their specific interest
Signs of restrictive and repetitive behaviors include:
- Showing an interest in only one toy or object
- Repeatedly performing the same motion
- Constantly watching the same video
- Adhering to a very specific routine
- Becoming upset at a change in their routine
Children with autism often have sensory processing disorders. As a result, they’re hypersensitive to lights, odors, temperature, and sounds.
What is PrTMS?
PrTMS uses TMS to treat autism but significantly improves on the procedure by personalizing therapy to meet the brain’s unique brainwave pattern. Our team at MindSet has developed three steps to optimize PrTMS results.
For the first step, they map brainwave activity using an electroencephalogram (EEG). Using our AI program, we can produce an accurate image of the brain’s electrical activity, allowing us to identify brain arrhythmias.
For the second step, patients complete a questionnaire that identifies symptoms, giving the team a comprehensive analysis of mental health and enabling them to target the precise brain areas that are associated with a patient’s particular challenges.
Finally, the EEG data and self-reported symptoms are evaluated by their innovative AI software. This advanced program produces the information needed to develop a customized PrTMS therapy protocol for each unique brain mapping.
What should I expect during PrTMS treatment?
Your treatment will consist of five sessions every week for 6-8 weeks. The sessions only take about 30 minutes, and when they’re over, patients can get back to normal daily activities.
Throughout treatment, patients have additional EEGs to evaluate progress and refine the PrTMS therapy. This ongoing evaluation gives the team at MindSet the ability to use the lowest possible TMS intensity to achieve optimal results.
Most patients at MindSet experience an improvement in their symptoms within several weeks of when their PrTMS treatments begin. Though not as common, patients may notice results within a few days.
If someone you know has autism and if their symptoms don’t respond to conventional treatments, PrTMS can help. To schedule an appointment please don’t hesitate to give us a call.