Medical Minute 10-21: High-Tech Help for Autism

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Simply speaking is just one way to communicate, but interaction may be a better option, especially for kids with autism.

"It's a system to help people communicate with another people," said Maria Jose Rodrigues Fortiz System Informatics.

This "scout" program in Spain relies on special video gaming systems like this Nintendo DS. Kids can learn basic tasks, as well as telling teachers what they want to do, all by touching this screen. A study in 16 Spanish schools found the program decreased outbursts and improved overall behavior.

"They are less aggressive because they can communicate."

The 20 "brain balance" centers in the U.S. offers a slightly different approach.

"The fundamental issue in these kids is that both hemispheres are not linking up," said Mark Goldenberg Executive. Director. Brain Balance Center Norwalk, CT.

Emily Kissa has a form of sensory processing disorder - one brain hemisphere is weaker than the other.

"So the reason it's on her left arm to stimulate her right hemisphere, her right brain."

Doctor Mark Goldenberg uses goggles and exercise to stimulate her vision, balance and hearing. The goal: To strengthen that weakness through therapy three times a week and better nutrition.

"We feel like she's really come a very long way and sort of gotten to the place we thought she could get to," said Wendy Kissa, Emily's mother.

Emily's mom sees the method maturing quickly. Now the millions with autism using modern technology to develop themselves in the modern world.

For More Information, Contact:Dr. Mark GoldbergBrain Balance Centers(203)

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