A New Technique to Unlock More Potential
MeRT technology for Autism uses gentle magnetic fields to balance and stimulate brain function,
guided by sophisticated diagnostics and imaging.
We use this gentle magnetic stimulation to open up unused pathways in the brain.
A Truly Non-invasive, Drug-Free Therapy for Autism!
The MeRT Approach to Autism
Autism Therapy is offered by Dr Yim, who is a Pediatric Neurologist. Dr Yim uses a targeted magnetic therapy called MeRT, which offers proven success for patients on the autism spectrum.
Treatment for Autism has been incredibly successful using MeRT(sm), which stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. Synapse, the Brain Treatment Center of Hawaii, utilizes a version of TMS technology (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) that is highly individualized for each patient. Each person’s brain is as unique as their fingerprint and thus, the approach to treatment should be tailored to that individual based on their diagnostics. This customized form of TMS is called MeRT. In essence, we use gentle magnetic fields to stimulate brain function, connectivity, and communication. And it is all guided by sophisticated diagnostics and imaging. MeRT can be used in conjunction with any other types of therapies.
A diagnosis of Autism can be overwhelming and scary. The earlier the intervention the better for the child’s development. Results from this treatment are giving many parents renewed HOPE for their child!
This therapy is currently used “off label” to treat Autism. The equipment used in MeRT is FDA-cleared for treating Major Depressive Disorder and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), but numerous studies have shown that it can be effective for treating ASD in helping to develop skills to function more optimally. Additionally, MeRT can help children to get more out of other therapies.
*Results can vary from patient to patient
The Role of MeRT in Addressing Autism
Every child is unique and no two cases of Autism are the same. Symptoms can vary as well as severity levels. Even if a child is on a similar “level” as another, they will still have their own unique symptoms, ways of communicating and dealing with the outside world, and their own unique symptoms.
In some cases, Autism can affect intelligence levels. However, some with Autism can have a very high IQ. Even a child with high intelligence, social skills, and common sense, may still have difficulties in their ability to communicate and deal with the world around them.
MeRT treatment protocols are customized for each patient as we work to help restore brain function to a more optimal degree. Each patient has a different starting point based on their imaging and diagnostics and where they are on the spectrum, but no matter where they start from, improvements are generally seen soon after treatment starts. *
MeRT technology works by utilizing magnetic fields to neuromodulate brain waves. This optimizes brain communication which helps it to be more organized and in sync. This allows the child to be higher functioning, and in most cases, to have better communication skills, social skills, and more independence. This allows for improved quality of life for both the patient and their loved ones.
*Results can vary from patient to patient
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Benefits We Have Seen
These are some of the many Benefits* we have seen in treating Autism with MeRT:
- Much improved sleep
- Sleeping longer
- Being more relaxed, less anxiety
- Being more independent
- Better focus and concentration
- Improved interaction with others
- Responding better to commands
- Improved mood
- Greater attention span
- Being more sociable
- Improved ability to deal with stress
- Increased motivation to learn
- More emotional stability
- Ability to adapt to change more easily
- Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
- Being more present in the world and things going on around them
- Better language and speaking skills
* Results are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual user and are not guaranteed.
Brain Patterns Found in Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorder affects each person differently.
Although no two people will have the same experience with Autism, there are certain characteristics that are common, as there are usually issues with how the individual communicates and sees the world. So interaction with others, social skills, learning, and being able to function independently are often affected.
The EEG will usually show different electrical signals in the brain of a child with autism compared to a child who is not suffering from ASD. Those affected with Autism will often have signature indicators that appear in the front 3/4 of the brain. These brain waves are dominated by a mix of slow (Delta & Theta waves) and high (Beta wave) frequency behavior, whereas a neurotypical patient would usually have one dominant frequency in the alpha band of activity.”
MeRT has shown to have some incredible results in many children with Autism.*
Hear it from a Parent…
We are dropping a line to thank you for your help last summer with Immanuel. We are RVing this weekend and marveling at how well Immanuel now socializes with other children at the campsite. We were here last year around the same time and he needed constant play supervision because he kept arguing & trying to control play. This weekend he’s able to go along with what others are playing.
He is also at a private school with no special ed teacher to support him, and he is able to succeed without the extra support. It’s a small classroom, but last year it would have been impossible. Immanuel has made such strides socially, with nonverbal cues, being flexible, and regulating his frustrations.
His occupational therapist has been amazed, as well. She evaluated him before he started treatment with you but started therapy AFTER we returned. She says that he has been crushing the prescribed program— he scored significantly above expectations at the latest eval. and he’s is speeding through the stages. We are thrilled by Immanuel’s progress and the fact that he can play with other kids—he’s had numerous play dates at our house and they’ve gone well. This touches our hearts more than anything—that he has friends now.
Again, thank you for making this treatment available and for your guiding us through the process. We looked forward to the summer.”– David and Debbie J.
Common Characteristics of Autism
These are some of the characteristics of Autism, however, these will vary depending on where the child is on the Spectrum:
- Inability to read body language or understand changes in the tone of voice
- Little or no make eye contact
- Appearing disconnected from the outside world, and not engaging with their environment
- Not acknowledging or responding when they are being spoken to
- Lack of verbal skills
- Blank facial expressions
- Monotone speech patterns
- Appearing to lack emotions, connection, or compassion for others
- Responding inappropriately in social settings
- Being disruptive, hyperreactive, or loud
- Not understanding questions or instructions
- Not initiating conversation on their own, in some cases repeating what is spoken to them
- Being obsessive about routines
- Fixation on objects or events
- Exhibiting repetitive movements
- Acting out aggressively when they don’t want to do something
- More extreme reactions in over-stimulating environments
Raquel had been diagnosed with severe ASD at the age of one and a half.
She didn’t follow directions. She didn’t want to be touched. She didn’t speak, listen, or respond to her name. She didn’t look into her mother’s eyes. She had no emotional connection to her mother, father, even her twin sister.
Raquel’s mother, Miriam, spent the next three years searching desperately for anything that could improve Raquel’s quality of life. She tried several forms of therapy—phonoaudiology, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, and sensory integration. She changed Raquel’s diet, so it was free of gluten and casein.
All these efforts helped Raquel show small signs of improvement, but not anything significant. At four and a half years old, doctors still gave Raquel the diagnosis of severe autism.
“Life was completely miserable,” Miriam said. “Raquel suffered from extremely high anxiety. We couldn’t go to a mall or a restaurant or the movies. We couldn’t even drive with her in the car without the panic attacks and the screaming. My daughter lived in her own little world, and we weren’t a part of it.”
Refusing to give up, Miriam heard about the Brain Treatment Center, and MeRT or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. She decided to give it a try. The second day of treatment changed their lives.
Raquel enjoyed the therapy, and she was happy to go, which shocked Miriam. It was the first time Miriam had ever seen her happy. After that day’s treatment, Miriam brought Raquel back home. “I was in the kitchen with my husband,” she said. “Raquel walked up to us with a cup in her hand and said ‘juice.’ That was the first word she’d ever spoken. We were in shock.”
Raquel then walked to a lemon tree outside, yanked a lemon off the tree, and smelled it. Miriam didn’t even realize her daughter knew what a lemon was or that it had a smell. “It’s as if that information was there all the time, but had been trapped,” said Miriam.
Raquel’s twin sister tried to take the lemon away, Raquel fought for it, saying “MY lemon,” then danced around holding the lemon away from her sister, playing with her. This interaction was the first one Raquel had ever had with her twin.
“A week later, she looked me in the eye, grabbed my shoulders and gasped, then hugged me,” Miriam said. “Then she pulled away and looked at me, gasped again, and kissed me. I’ll never forget that moment as long as I live.”
After three weeks of therapy, Raquel was able to go with her family to Disney World—the most over-stimulating place on the planet. “We knew at that point that the frightening part of our lives was over,” said Miriam. “It’s truly a miracle.”
How to determine…
Is MeRT the Right Treatment?
Reading this, you may be interested but uncertain if MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child. However, this is not something you need to decide on right away as there are many steps before making a much more informed decision.
The very first thing you can do is a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. In this call, you can ask all the questions you want and discuss your symptoms and history. She can explain the protocols, fees, and details of treatment.
The next step is also very simple. We can set up two appointments. The first appointment would simply involve an EEG, which is a completely painless and non-invasive brain scan. This takes about 45 minutes. The second appointment, several days later, once we have the results of the EEG and these have been analyzed, would be a consultation with the doctor.
At this one-on-one consultation, the doctor will discuss the results of the imaging and diagnostics and what may or may not be treatable with MeRT. He will answer any additional questions that you may have, and together you can determine if MeRT would be a beneficial treatment and what that treatment would entail.
If you and the doctor then decide to move forward with MeRT, the first thing that is done is what we call the Assessment Period, where we will perform a short period of treatment, followed by a new EEG to see if you or your child are responding well to the treatment. This determination is assessed, based on the new EEG results, as compared to the initial testing done at the start of treatment, as well as any symptom improvements.
If there is a positive response to treatment during the assessment period, you will have most likely seen symptom improvements starting to take place, and we can then schedule for the additional treatment duration.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We are able to provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment for submitting to your insurance company to see if they would provide any reimbursement for treatment. Currently, rTMS is FDA-cleared for Major Depressive Disorder and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Treatment for all other conditions is considered “off-label” at this time.
It has been reported by some patients that they have been able to receive some insurance reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations, depending on their health coverage. Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement. It is highly unlikely that any insurance will provide reimbursement for the actual treatment of non-FDA-cleared treatment.
With studies currently underway, we are hopeful that treatment for TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) will be FDA cleared at some point in the next couple of years.
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There is hope for a brighter future.
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