Autism Hope Summit: Hope with a Plan

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If you’ve ever felt frustrated or hopeless while dealing with the heartbreaking challenges of Autism, you’re not alone.

More than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Severe Autism diagnoses don’t need to be a living death sentence. Many of the severe symptoms of Autism can be greatly reduced, allowing these kids to overcome obstacles and live healthy, enriched lives.

My friend Kristin and the Autism Hope Alliance are gearing up to launch the 3rd Annual Autism Hope Summit: Hope with a Plan: Keeping Families Together, Whole & Healthy!

I serve on the board of the Autism Hope Alliance and am honored to be one of the featured guests discussing  Music Listening Therapy: A Sound Solution for Your Child on the Autism Spectrum. 

Learn more about this FREE online event!

Join me and over 25 of the world’s top experts in the field of Autism research and therapies experts for this special online event. You will be guided through high-impact tools, techniques and strategies that have been shown to make a difference for families just like yours.

For 10 consecutive days, you’ll get access to over 25 powerful sessions from the comfort of your own home, computer or mobile device. No travel needed!

The summit is starting soon…  Monday, May 14th through Wednesday, May 23rd. So be sure and register for this free event to reserve your “seat.” My interview will first air on the morning of the 16th.

I also recommend you add these dates to your calendar! This is a potentially life-changing event you won’t want to miss.

Register for this free online event now!

Whether you have a child diagnosed with Autism or know someone who does — your voice and presence in this journey of Autism is vital.

When you join us, you’ll be standing up for what each of us desperately needs in our own lives as we seek wellness and vitality for ourselves and for those we love: responsibility for our own diets, choices for health, support in our relationships, a plan for a brighter future.

Hope IS possible. And it’s now more possible, more real, than it’s ever been before.

I’ll “see” you there!

 

Sharing What Works: EEG Info Sits Down With Alex Doman

Kurt Othmer President of EEG Info interviews Alex Doman CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies

I recently sat down at the 2017 Advanced Clinical Summit for a discussion with my long time friend and colleague Kurt Othmer, President of EEG Info, a leader in clinical neurofeedback.

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We share something unique which is standing on the shoulders of our elders, pioneers in their fields of brain science, and attempting to contribute our own experience and perspective to leave the world a better place then it was when we came on the scene. I am grateful for the friendship, and this opportunity to share why we do what we do at Advanced Brain Technologies and our related projects.

We had a wide-ranging discussion that covers many topics, including:

  • The history of music listening therapy and the multi-generational pioneering work by the Doman family that eventually gave rise to Advanced Brain Technologies.
  • The development of The Listening Program® (TLP) and what makes it so unique compared to other methods.
  • How The Listening Program works to “rewire” the brain and helps listeners achieve better results in less time.
  • Who can benefit from The Listening Program.
  • How the rhythm-based music therapy of inTime evolved from TLP.
  • The background behind The Movement Program.
  • And much more…

You can watch this interview by clicking here Kurt Othmer interviews Alex Doman. Feel free to share with friends, family and colleagues so they too can get a deeper understanding of the history and purpose driving Advanced Brain Technologies today.

 

Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit

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I’m very excited to share that I’ll be speaking Monday, June 19th at the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit!

⇒ You can get your free ticket here http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

My good friend, Tara Hunkin, founder of My Child Will Thrive, has brought together 25+ of the top doctors, researchers, nutritionists, and therapists for this completely free online conference to teach you exactly how to…

  • Identify the root causes of your child’s symptoms of Autism, ADHD, and SPD
  • Tell you about the latest research and how this can be applied to help your child
  • Put the pieces of the puzzle together so you can help your child thrive now!

The great thing about online summits is you can watch from the comfort of your own home without expensive travel or time away from your friends and family to attend a conference.

That’s why I’m so excited that Tara is putting this together for you!

My session is about using music to heal your child’s brain, where you’ll learn:

  • Why sound is important to the early development of the brain
  • How sound impacts the ANS and why this is of particular importance to autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorder community
  • What symptoms parents will recognize in their kids when they are struggling with dysregulation/inappropriate development/function of the brain
  • How the ability to calm the sympathetic response through music will help emotional regulation and sleep etc.
  • Why improving the child’s ability to regulate the ANS and sympathetic response will translate to improvements in other areas of health such as immune function
  • What is The Listening Program?
    • What symptoms does it address?
    • How does The Listening Program do this?
    • What can a parent/child expect if they use The Listening Program?
    • What ages do you recommend starting with the program?
    • How long does it take to see results?
    • What types of results can the parents expect to see?
    • How they get access to the program?
    • How The Listening Program complement other therapies?

Make sure to grab your free ticket to the Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit http://adbn.co/childwillthrive

Join me along with more than 25 expert speakers and get inspired by the possibilities…

Sign up for the Summit for free http://adbn.co/childwillthrive and find the answers you are looking for!

Also, along with the expert talks, there are also free guides and discounts you’ll receive access to if you sign up!

Get your free access here!

 

Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Hope for Relief

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Helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve their greatest potential has been something close to my heart throughout my career. This interest has lead me in many directions including; research, developing scientifically optimized music for brain training, conference presentations, board positions in autism organizations, and writing.

One of my questions has been why do people with ASD so frequently demonstrate behaviors related to sensory over responsitivity (SOR), specifically auditory  hypersensitivity, also called hyperacousis and misophonia? This is a condition that touches not just the majority of individuals with autism, but many others including the so-called “neurotypical”. Sound hypersensitivity can be absolutely debilitating. It is heart-wrenching to see a child or adult suffer pain or perception of pain from everyday sounds.

In the quest to help, I’ve been so fortunate that Dr. Jay R. Lucker of the Department of Communication Sciences at Howard University and I share this interest. For years we have collaborated on research related to this phenomenon. Our first joint article on the topic “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” was published in Autism Science Digest in 2012. We then wrote an extensive follow-up to the Autism Science Digest article which is a deeper exploration into the neural mechanisms involved in auditory hypersensitivity which was just published in the peer reviewed journal Autism Research and Treatment.

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Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities. This review article discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. The authors focus on brain research to support the idea of the nonclassical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. The authors also discuss brain mechanisms felt to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity. The authors conclude with a discussion of some treatments for hypersensitive hearing. These treatments include desensitization training and the use of listening therapies such as The Listening Program.

If you are a parent of a child with autism, caregiver, educator, or therapist who is touched by someone with autism, or you yourself are on the autism spectrum I do hope this latest research article provides some answers, and hope for relief from over sensitivity to sounds.

 

Off to Monterrey, Mexico

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Tomorrow morning I’m off to Monterrey, Mexico to present at III Congreso Internacional Neurociencia y Aprendizaje hosted by Universidad Tecmilenio and our Mexican Representatives Sonica. I really enjoy my biannual trip south of the border where I receive such warm greetings from my good friends! If you’ve traveled to Monterrey you know how amazing the locals are. The mountains are beautiful and remind me of home (Ogden, Utah). Yet, another draw is the regional food which is muy excellente! Every tried Cabrito?

I’ll be instructing a TLP Provider Certification Course with simultaneous Spanish translation with Leon Flores, MD, Gaby Urdiales and Sheila Allen on the 10th and 11th. The 12th is the main conference open to the public where I’ll be presenting on our auditory-vestibular sleep technology in the morning.  Late afternoon I’ll be joined by my collaborators Sheila Allen and Nacho Arimany for our two-hour program titled Intercultural Sound and Music: A Novel Rhythmic Approach for Improving Brain Function.

One unique aspect of the TLP Provider Certification Course we are offering is that we’ll have about one hundred psychology and education students from the university attending in addition to their instructors and other professionals. That makes for a big group! It certainly will be an interesting challenge (opportunity) to teach a course that we generally cap at forty on that scale! Wish us luck…

Gratitude: An Army for Autism

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A couple days ago I received an email from a mother asking for my help.  She is campaigning for her 3 year old son with autism to receive federal funding for services.  The boy’s occupational therapist recommended The Listening Program® as an essential intervention to support his development.  To receive such funding from DisabilityCare Australia a case has to be made that this auditory based method of brain training is necessary and reasonable to fall within the funding criterion.

This mom shared that given the new rules of a government that previously paid for The Listening Program with our bone conduction audio technology for children with autism, that the ruling in this case would not only effect her son, but every child with autism and other needs applying for funding in the country to follow.

This is no small responsibility. Fortunately this mother who is incidentally an attorney has the strength of a peaceful warrior, empowered with the love for her son. So we quickly moved into action to amass an army standing for access to services for these children in need.

Just 24 short hours ago I sent personal emails to professionals who serve children with autism and asked if they could write a letter of support asking if that in their experience they felt The Listening Program was a necessary and reasonable autism intervention to share it in writing. A couple staff members here at Advanced Brain Technologies extended the outreach as did our Australia representative.

What happened subsequent to our request is nothing short of astonishing! Within fifteen-minutes of my first email, letters starting pouring in. As I read one after another I was overcome with emotion as I absorbed the words before me. Over the course of twelve hours, dozens of compelling, heartfelt messages arrived.  Who wrote them? Physicians, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, neuropsychologists, audiologists, social workers, reading specialists, neurodevelopmentalists , educators, school principals, educational therapists, cognitive rehabilitation therapists, parents, and heads of national autism charities.  Collectively these letters represent thousands of children with autism that have been helped through The Listening Program, coming from some of the world’s top therapists and authorities.

Here is one example:

“Dear Mr. Doman,

I am writing to you regarding the role of The Listening Program (TLP) as a necessary and reasonable therapy for children and adults with autism. As a physician who treats thousands of children and adults throughout the world (including Australia) who are afflicted with autism, I have seen the important measurable progress that our patients make when their families & therapists use TLP. For a large percentage of our patients, the TLP program, such as TLP with Bone Conduction, is a major therapeutic modality for reduction in autistic behaviors such as self injury and social isolation. Furthermore, we regularly see improvements in language, in eye contact, and in general cognitive function. For many of the children, they were never able to achieve these goals of therapy without TLP. Many of our autistic patients are able to remain at home by using TLP, thus avoiding institutionalization. Others have, through TLP, made important strides in participation in work and school, allowing them to gain further benefits of programs in which they were not functionally able to participate without TLP.

Our experience is that The Listening Program is a necessary and reasonable therapeutic treatment for autism, as it has been for years. Thank you for developing this treatment.”

Sincerely,

Anonymous  (I have not yet requested permission to make this letter public, so I’ve removed the author’s name in respect of their privacy.)

The case is being presented in six hours. Mom is prepared with a bound book containing these letters, research, case studies, articles, and other evidence to compel the DCA not only to help her son, but potentially tens of thousands of Australian children standing behind him in need of this vital intervention.

We are standing with you mom, an army for autism awaiting the decision.

This experience has filled me with gratitude, to witness busy people in the autism community, taking time to immediately respond to the clarion call. I wish to take this opportunity to publicly thank each of you who took decisive and immediate action at my request. I am humbled and forever grateful.  – Alex

Which brain areas are involved in music listening?

One of the more common questions we field about The Listening Program® (TLP) is “which brain areas are involved in music listening? I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore this a bit with you here at The Brain Understanding Itself.

The brain is musical; neuroscience has proven through functional brain imaging that when we listen to music, virtually the whole brain is involved.

Music listening not only involves the auditory areas of the brain, but also engages large-scale neural networks including; prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, sensory cortex, auditory cortex, visual cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, corpus callosum, autonomic nervous system, vestibular system, and the enteric nervous system.

TLP helps conduct the neural symphony, connecting the most ancient parts of the brain to the most advanced.

If you are not already familiar with TLP it is an easy, pleasurable and effective method to improve your brain health and performance.  Here’s a great video with clients and professionals who have made  listening a daily practice to help with brain injury recovery, autism, reading, learning, attention, peak performance, wellness and more.

Areas of brain focus The Listening Program is designed to challenge and advance: 

Executive Function
Executive function is an umbrella term for a set of high-level mental processes that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. They include the ability to initiate and stop actions, to monitor and change behavior as needed, and to plan future behavior when faced with novel asks and situations. Executive functions allow us to anticipate outcomes and adapt to changing situations.

Examples: attention, memory, behavior, organization, time management, self control

Communication
Communication is your ability to exchange information, thoughts, and opinions through verbal and written expression including speech, language, voice and writing; as well as non verbal expression such as gesture, facial expressions, and body language.

Examples: verbal comprehension, oral & written communication, voice quality, reading comprehension, understood by others, understanding body language

Auditory Processing
Auditory processing is your ability to understand and make sense of what you hear. Difficulty processing auditory information can have a negative impact on learning, thinking, communication and relationships.

Examples: listening, following verbal directions, focusing with background noise, comfort with sound, understanding tone of voice, sound discrimination

Social & Emotional
Your ability to relate to others, manage emotions, resolve conflicts, understand and respond to social situations is impacted by your social skills and emotional intelligence.

Examples: self-confidence, compassion, social interactions, interpersonal relationships, mood regulation, conflict resolution

Stress Response
Your body and brain is hard-wired to react to stress to protect you against threats, whether real or imagined. But, if your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s “fight-or-flight reaction” — its natural alarm system — is constantly on.

Examples: stress reduction, relaxation, less overwhelmed, lower tension, better sleep, reduce nervous habits

Motor Coordination
Motor coordination is the harmonious functioning of body parts that involve movement including: gross motor skills such as walking, skipping, running and throwing; fine motor movement such as handwriting, buttoning a shirt, and keyboarding; and motor planning, the ability of the brain to conceive, organize and carry out purposeful movements.

Examples: balance, body awareness, coordination, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, activity level

Creative Expression
Your ability to express yourself creatively involves original & open thinking, imagination, problem solving, and movement to create something new and/or respond to opportunities.

Examples: musicality, opening thinking, visual arts, creative writing, innovation, problem solving

Based on sound science, The Listening Program® music trains the brain to improve how you perceive, process and respond to the flood of sensory information in our environment today. This leads to personal growth helping you to live a happier, productive, and more fulfilling life.

To learn more please free to visit http://advancedbrain.com or give us a call at +1.801.622.5676