Neurofeedback for autistic spectrum disorder: a review of the literature

Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2010 Mar;35(1):83-105. doi: 10.1007/s10484-009-9117-y.


There is a need for effective interventions to address the core symptoms and problems associated with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Behavior therapy improves communication and behavioral functioning. Additional treatment options include psychopharmacological and biomedical interventions. Although these approaches help children with autistic problems, they may be associated with side effects, risks or require ongoing or long-term treatment. Neurofeedback is a noninvasive approach shown to enhance neuroregulation and metabolic function in ASD. We present a review of the literature on the application of Neurofeedback to the multiple problems associated with ASD. Directions for future research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / diet therapy
  • Autistic Disorder / drug therapy
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Biofeedback, Psychology / methods*
  • Child
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans