Neurophysiology is the term used within the field of medicine to refer to the electrical activity in the nervous system. In the past few decades, there has been thoughtful research done using brain imaging, electrophysiology, and cognitive psychological approaches to study autism to gain a better understanding of autism spectrum disorder. The neurophysiological therapies Cortica employs are derived from these analyses and neuroscience research. Diagnostic technologies, such as electroencephalography (EEG), allow us to measure the brain's electrical patterns. Therapeutic technologies, such as magnetic stimulation, and other forms of neuromodulation, allow us to influence electrical activity in key neural networks.
With our approach, we are seeking to understand your child’s neurophysiology to get a better idea of the correlations between brain function and their behaviors, including physical movements and emotions.
We'll gain a better understanding of your child’s neurophysiology through:
Information from your child's medical history
Findings from your child's medical and neurological examination
At Cortica, we use neurophysiological therapies to target the brain’s electrical patterns and neurotransmitter balance to improve the brain’s ability to engage, focus, learn, and develop over time. Neurotransmitters are chemicals within the brain that impact its electrical activity. Neurons transmit signals to one another through the release of neurotransmitters.
Based on findings from our neurophysiological testing, we develop personalized therapies that may include:
Nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural compounds
Device therapies such as Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation (tVNS), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Medications that help to correct atypical patterns of electrical firing or to help re-balance neurotransmitter levels
As part of your child's initial assessments with us, we'll gather the information needed to help you make an informed decision. We'll take you step-by-step through the test results, explain what they mean, and ensure that you understand the treatment options and how they can help.