PSYCHOPHYSICAL TRAINING MAY AMELORIATE SYMPTOMS OF ASD
We report preliminary results from children displaying Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from mild to severe. The children participated in a psychophysically based neurosensory training technology (PlayWisely). The program was designed to 1) systematically train stimulus tracking, identification, discrimination, and integration and 2) multimodal integration and 3) gross motor and fine motor development and coordination. This study, funded by the Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation provided the cognitive training portion of the program to 18 children between 2 to 10 years of age diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from mild to severe. The presentation will illustrate the application and evaluation of psychophysics research to training programs for cognitive and physical development in special needs and also healthy children.