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Autism Specialist

Texas Mind Science

TMS Specialists & Pain Management Physicians located in East DFW, Richardson, TX & North DFW, Flower Mound, TX

Autism is usually diagnosed in children, but it is not a pediatric disorder. By definition, it’s a lifelong disorder that causes exceptional challenges for adults. Treatments are sparse for adults with autism, but you have access to one of today’s newest therapies, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), at Texas Mind Science in Richardson and Flower Mound, Texas. The multidisciplinary team works closely with you to develop a protocol that can treat many autism symptoms without medication. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature.

Autism

What does it mean to have autism?

Autism is characterized by a wide spectrum of people with differing abilities, which is why the condition is called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

Some people with autism are nonverbal, while others talk constantly, often about one topic. Some may not be able to live independently, while others find their way through adulthood with occasional support.

Everyone diagnosed with autism, however, shares three core problems:

  • Difficulty with social skills and communicating
  • Repetitive patterns of behavior
  • Restrictive interests and activities

These core challenges interfere with your ability to form friendships and your success on the job and in life.

What symptoms appear in adults with autism?

Adults with autism may experience symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty understanding what others think and feel
  • Trouble interpreting body language or social cues
  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Trouble participating in give-and-take conversations
  • Tendency to engage in repetitive or routine behaviors
  • Using a tone of voice that doesn’t reflect their feelings
  • Getting angry when their routine changes
  • Having an extreme, possibly obsessive, interest in one topic
  • Participating in one or very few activities

When adults are evaluated for ASD, repetitive and restricted behaviors are one of the biggest signs.

How is autism treated?

At all ages, autism is treated with many types of behavioral, relational, and sensory integration therapies. These therapies target core issues and teach the skills that don’t come naturally to those with autism, such as enjoying a give-and-take conversation.

Many people with autism struggle with depression, anxiety, and ADHD, so they may also take medications to improve their symptoms. Currently, there aren’t any medications that target autism.

Transcranial magnetic imaging (TMS) is an exciting new therapy for autism. TMS stimulates the brain, improves nerve connectivity, and balances neurotransmitters using noninvasive and safe magnetic pulses.

TMS has already proven to be effective for comorbid conditions like depression, but research into its ability to help those with autism is still emerging. However, there’s little doubt that people with autism have brain chemical imbalances. Additionally, one study found that TMS reduced repetitive behaviors and improved executive function.

What happens during TMS treatment for autism?

The team at Texas Mind Science performs TMS using the CloudTMS™ machine. Your provider places the TMS coil that produces magnetic pulses against your head, positioning it to target a specific area of the brain.

You sit in a comfortable chair for 20-40 minutes while the CloudTMS sends magnetic pulses into your brain. While you hear clicking and may feel a tapping sensation, the treatment does not cause pain.

If you’re interested in exploring TMS, your provider explains the details and answers all your questions. Schedule an appointment by calling the Texas Mind Science or using the online booking feature.