The Autism Blog

Appointment of Scientific Advisory Board


20 December, 2016

Neurotech International Limited (ASX: NTI), has finalised the appointment of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
The SAB will act as strategic counsel to Neurotech, guiding company management as it enters the market with its Mente Autism device, in addition to the development of other devices targeting […]

Mente Autism – the next generation neurofeedback system for children with autism


We have today launched the next generation neurofeedback system for children with autism – Mente Autism. Mente Autism is a clinical-quality EEG device that uses sonified neurofeedback to help children with autism. Designed for home use, Mente Autism helps relax the minds of children on the spectrum which in turns helps them to focus better […]

Autism: the numbers


According to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in 2014, about 1 child in 68 has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). More details can be found here and here. A November 2015 US government survey of parents suggests that 1 in […]

Cleaner EEG signals in Mente Autism using Artefact Reduction Algorithms


Electroencephalography (EEG) is a proven technique to record brain activities in natural settings. EEG and the acquisition of EEG data forms the basis of the Mente system and therefore it is crucial that all raw EEG signals are as ‘clean’ as possible. A problem often encountered is that EEG signals may be contaminated by ocular […]

Autism: Myths and facts (6)


The history of autism is partly built on myths and controversy, some of which have shaped societal attitudes, while others have been enshrined as facts without proper investigation. In this 6th instalment of ‘Autism: Myths and facts’, we look at another controversial myth about autism that requires further clarification. Myth #6. It is better to […]

Autism: Myths and facts (5)


The history of autism is partly built on myths and controversy, some of which have shaped societal attitudes, while others have been enshrined as facts without proper investigation. In this 4th instalment of ‘Autism: Myths and facts’, we look at another myth about autism that requires further clarification. Myth #4. Autism is caused solely by […]

Autism: Myths and facts (4)


The history of autism is partly built on myths and controversy, some of which have shaped societal attitudes, while others have been enshrined as facts without proper investigation. In this 4th instalment of ‘Autism: Myths and facts’, we look at another myth about autism that requires further clarification. Myth #4. Individuals with autism are unwilling […]

Clinical trial involving Mente system begins in US


15 June 2015

An independent clinical trial titled, Mente neurofeedback therapy for children diagnosed with autism, has commenced in the United States.

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Autism: Myths and facts (3)


The history of autism is partly built on myths and controversy, some of which have shaped societal attitudes, while others have been enshrined as facts without proper investigation. In this 3rd instalment of ‘Autism: Myths and facts’, we look at another controversial myth about autism that requires further clarification. Myth #3. Autism can be cured […]

Autism: Myths and facts (2)


The history of autism is partly built on myths and controversy, some of which have shaped societal attitudes, while others have been enshrined as facts without proper investigation. In this 2nd instalment of ‘Autism: Myths and facts’, we look at another controversial myth about autism that requires further clarification. Myth #2. Children with autism all […]

World Autism Awareness Day 2016: Turning awareness into understanding and action


AAT Research’s founder, Dr Adrian Attard Trevisan, writes about the importance of awareness but also understanding and action in an article to mark World Autism Awareness Day 2016 Today, April 2, we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, national governments, health authorities and autism organisations hold events to raise awareness about people who are […]

What is a qEEG?


Before we define what a qEEG is, it is important to understand what an EEG is and how it works. The electroencephalogram (EEG) is a reading of the underlying electrical activity of the brain, measured in real-time, using non-invasive scalp sensors. It contains raw data about brain function, represented by various brain wave patterns occurring […]

Autism: Myths and facts (1)


The history of autism is partly built on myths and controversy, some of which have shaped societal attitudes, while others have been enshrined as facts without proper investigation. Needless to say, such attitudes have often led to disastrous effects on the lives of people with autism and their families. In this first instalment of ‘Autism: […]

The science behind Mente… a step by step guide to the neurofeedback process


Mente is a biofeedback device for home use by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It uses neurofeedback technology to record brain wave activity and subsequently modulates binaural beats which are played back to the patients, stimulating the auditory system and helping them relax, focus better and positively engage with the world. The Mente device […]

What is neurofeedback?


In the 1960s and 1970s, scientists realised that it was possible to recondition and retrain brainwave patterns. This brainwave training is called EEG biofeedback or neurofeedback. This type of biofeedback uses real-time displays of brain activity – most commonly electroencephalogy (EEG) – to teach self-regulation of brain function. Neurofeedback training (NFT) has its foundations in basic […]

What is neurofeedback training or therapy used for?


Since the late 1970s, neurofeedback has been used extensively to treat ADD /ADHD patients. There have been a number of studies that demonstrates that it is possible to retrain the brain, and the effectiveness of neurofeedback in treating ADD /ADHD. Results of 10-year, follow-up studies by Lubar (1995) found that about 80% showed improvement in […]

Types of neurofeedback


Over the past five decades or so, scientists not only have acquired a better understanding of how the brain works and how neurofeedback can help to retrain it, but they have diversified their approaches and methods as well. It is safe to say that there is no ‘optimum’ neurofeedback therapy. Each approach tackles a problem […]

Neurofeedback and autism – the Mente approach


There is a growing body of research that shows neurofeedback to be a beneficial treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Hammond (2011) cites various studies where positive changes were registered in “brain function, attention, IQ, impulsivity, and parental assessments of other problem behaviors such as communication, stereotyped and repetitive behavior, reciprocal social interactions, […]

What is Autism? What is autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?


Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. It is a life-long developmental disability that affects how individuals communicate with the world around them. Autism is derived from the Greek word ‘autos’ which means self. In essence, individuals that fall under the ASD umbrella are […]

What are the signs and symptoms of autism?


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Scientists do not know exactly what causes these differences in the brains of those that have ASD. While genes do play a part, scientists also believe that environmental and others factors not yet known can cause ASD. Autism and ASD affects […]

What are the causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder?


There is no single known cause for autism spectrum disorder. ASD is a complex disorder, covering a number of brain development problems of varying levels of severity and differing symptoms. The causes of ASD are still being investigated but there is strong evidence that a combination of complex genetic and environmental factors play a big […]

How is an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosed?


Diagnosing a child with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) can be lengthy process and unfortunately, there is no medical test that can provide a definitive diagnosis. In order to accurately pinpoint where on the spectrum a child is or if there is a non-ASD condition, multiple investigations by professionals in a number of medical specialities […]

Autism spectrum disorder: treatments and therapies


There is a lot of research being done on how to treat the symptoms of an autistic spectrum disorder and considerable progress has been made; thousands of children today benefit from new and improved programs. Although a cure for ASD remains elusive, there is a wide range of home- and school-based treatments and therapies available. […]

Autism and neurofeedback


Autism has been recognised for more than a century but for many years knowledge about the condition was sketchy. The turning point came in the 1960s, when the scientific community agreed that autism and schizophrenia were unrelated conditions. This highlighted the need for a proper definition, accurate statistics, and a true picture of the condition’s […]