Study Promises New Hope for Children with Autism

Good News Network - Sunday, February 09, 2014

An alternative and non-invasive treatment for autism has led to significant reductions in maladaptive behaviors in children, according to a new study published in the January issue of the peer-reviewed journal, EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing.

Robert Weiner, the author and lead researcher of the multi-site study, calls the novel NeuroModulation Technique a promising intervention for autism.

Weiner, a Dallas, Texas behavioral medicine psychologist who has been in private practice since 1987, told the Good News Network, I started using NMT, a gentle consciousness-based therapy, in my practice in 2004 and observed remarkable results, particularly with allergies.

I saw long-standing allergies in both children and adults clear in as little as a single office visit.

Children in the study, after receiving NMT sessions twice a week for 6 weeks -- a total treatment time per child of 9 hours -- demonstrated improved mood, speech, language and social awareness, as well as a decrease in irritability and repetitive behaviors.

The mother of one child who participated in the study commented, Before the NMT Autism Study, my son had an extremely difficult time keeping a calm body for any length of time. Now he can sit through his preschool’s 40-minute circle time with 0-2 reminders on most days. He is doing better sitting properly at the dinner table and also in the shopping cart at the market. He still has some issues waiting in line at school, but we’ve even seen some improvement there as well.

Weiner, who designed the study, said the traditional treatments for autism tended to produce slow, incremental results and, in some cases, may require years of therapy, which can be prohibitively expensive. He posited that NMT, if found to be effective, could speed up the treatment process, and thus be a valuable therapy to add to a child's treatment regimen.

He recruited 8 other researchers to participate, and though it is a preliminary study, he called the results very gratifying.

NMT may offer a new hope for parents who are looking for effective treatments for their children who have autism, he said in an email. But he also thinks the therapy will prove to be helpful for any condition.

I believe consciousness-based interventions for healing including NMT will become more and more accepted as research studies in fields ranging from physics to psychology continue to demonstrate the ability for consciousness to produce changes in matter.

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