Texas Mind Science’s Autism Treatment Options
While autism is typically diagnosed in children, it is not a pediatric disorder. Autism is a lifelong disorder that causes adults to face exceptional challenges. Treatments are sparse to help adult patients, but Texas Mind Science offers autism treatment in DFW Metroplex locations like Richardson, Flower Mound, and Dallas. We provide transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to patients, which is one of the industry’s newest therapies. Our multidisciplinary team works closely with patients to develop a protocol to treat multiple autism symptoms without medication. You’re welcome to contact one of our offices or schedule an appointment online to learn more about our treatment options.
What Does Having Autism Mean?
Autism is characterized by a broad spectrum of people with differing abilities. This is why professionals call this condition autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While some people with ASD may be nonverbal, others will talk constantly and often about one topic. Some patients cannot live independently, while others only need occasional support to find their way through adulthood. People with autism face core challenges, which interfere with their ability to succeed at a job or life and form friendships. Every person diagnosed with autism shares three core problems:
- Restrictive Interests and Activities
- Repetitive Patterns of Behavior
- Difficulty With Social Skills and Communicating
Symptoms Appearing in Adults With Autism
Every person will have unique experiences and symptoms. Some common symptoms adults with autism may experience include the following:
- Difficulty Understanding What Others Think and Feel
- Difficulty Regulating Emotions
- Tendency to Engage in Routine or Repetitive Behaviors
- Getting Angry When Their Routine Changes
- Participating in One or Very Few Activities
- Trouble Interpreting Social Cues or Body Language
- Trouble Participating in Give-and-Take Conversations
- Using a Tone of Voice That Doesn’t Reflect Their Feelings
- Having an Extreme, Possibly Obsessive, Interest in a Single Topic
How Do Medical Professionals Treat Autism?
At any age, professionals treat autism with various behavioral, relational, and sensory integration therapies. These therapies target a patient’s core issues and teach skills they don’t naturally have due to autism, like participating in give-and-take conversations. Many autistic adults struggle with anxiety, depression, and ADHD, so they may take medication for their symptoms. Currently, there is no medication to target autism. Texas Mind Science offers TMS as an exciting treatment option for autism. This therapy uses safe and non-invasive magnetic pulses to stimulate your brain, balance neurotransmitters, and improve nerve connectivity. TMS is proven effective at treating depression and other comorbid conditions. However, research into its efficacy with autism is still emerging. It is factual people with autism have brain chemical imbalances, and one study showed TMS treatment improved executive function and reduced repetitive behaviors.
What Happens While Treating Autism With TMS
Texas Mind Science’s team uses the CloudTMS™ machine too perform TMS therapy. We place the magnetic pulse-producing TMS coil against your head and position it to target a specific spot in your brain. The machine sends magnetic pulses into your brain while you sit comfortably in a chair for 20 to 40 minutes. You may feel a tapping sensation or hear clicking during your session, but the treatment is painless. Our team can answer your questions and explain the details of TMS at any of our offices.