Collaborative Study Of Neurofeedback Training Of 6-18 Year Olds With Autism

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified October 2010 by Institute for Personal Excellence, P.A.
Life Quality Resources
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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First received: June 29, 2010
Last updated: October 3, 2010
Last verified: October 2010

Neurofeedback, a neuro-cognitive training method based on operant conditioning, will be employed with 90 children with the Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) over a 60 session training period to improve the limiting behavioral and sensory symptoms Autism presents (with each collaborative site working with 45 of the 90 participants). This study seeks to demonstrate that Neurofeedback training, a non-invasive approach based on Learning Theory, will mitigate presenting symptoms of Autism, and ultimately render the person with Autism significantly more able to interact with his/her environment successfully, independently function on a day-to-day basis, and improve overall mental health.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Neurofeedback training
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Institute for Personal Excellence, P.A.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Level of normalization of brainwaves based upon QEEG [ Time Frame: Pre - training, 20 and 40 Session Interims, and post-training ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    After completion of all neurofeedback sessions, post-training evaluation will include cognitive testing, completion of ASRS and ATEC forms and a post-QEEG. Interviews with parents will also be conducted to identify progress and changes in symptom presentation.

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: July 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Neurofeedback training
    60 sessions of Neurofeedback on 6-18 year olds with Autism
Detailed Description:

The specific objective is to demonstrate quantitative and qualitative improvements in functional and behavioral parameters in individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders when 60 Neurofeedback training sessions are applied. The long term objectives for these individuals include improvement of quality of daily functioning, better ability to integrate and navigate within society, and overall to decrease the limitations caused by the disability. Additionally, increasing awareness by the public, as well as healthcare providers and legislation, that Neurofeedback is a viable intervention which may contribute not only to a significant reduction of the level of disability for affected individuals, but also in reducing required lifetime costs of healthcare. Hopefully in the future Neurofeedback training would be incorporated as a standard of care for ASD. As of today, there are around 1000 trained Neurofeedback practitioners in the US who are offering this intervention to a very limited number of individuals due to lack of recognition of NFB benefits.


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 6 to 18 year olds who have been diagnosed by their physician with mild to moderate autism, in accordance with DSM-IV diagnostic criteria

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any child with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Tourette's Syndrome, an uncontrolled seizure disorder, or a history of any major psychiatric disorder will be excluded from eligibility for the study.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01154777

Contact: Magdalena M Wojdynska, M.D. 919-786-9700
Contact: Lisa Ellis 919-786-9700 ext 4

United States, North Carolina
Institute for Personal Excellence, P.A. Not yet recruiting
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, 27607
Principal Investigator: Magdalena M. Gebska-Wojdynska, M.D.         
Life Quality Resources Not yet recruiting
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, 27612
Principal Investigator: Lucy Chartier, Ph.D., NP         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Institute for Personal Excellence, P.A.
Life Quality Resources
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Magdalena M Gebska-Wojdynska, M.D. Institute for Personal Excellence, P.A.
Principal Investigator: Lucy Chartier, Ph.D., NP Life Quality Resources
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Magdalena M. Gebska-Wojdynska, M.D., Institute for Personal Excellence, P.A Identifier: NCT01154777     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NFB6-18Autism
Study First Received: June 29, 2010
Last Updated: October 3, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Institute for Personal Excellence, P.A.:
Mild to Moderate Autism

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Mental Disorders
Mental Disorders Diagnosed in Childhood processed this record on October 08, 2015