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Autism & Neurodiversity Research

The growing awareness and prevalence of neurodiversity and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has driven treatment research that largely focuses on medications and symptom change. At CAPS we explore a more fundamental question: Is dysregulation of the basic neurophysiological systems that underlie stress and anxiety at the core of ASD? Can teaching specific, tailored skills in regulation of their autonomic nervous system to young people with ASD have beneficial effects across the wide range of ASD symptoms and function? Our initial pilots with 28 young children in the community indicate that such interventions are not only feasible but yield promising results. We have submitted a non-provisional patent application for a novel self-tuning method of biofeedback for users with diverse abilities. We are ready to further test these innovative strategies and tools in cutting edge research that aims to help these talented young people help themselves.