Researchers at Deakin University and Monash University, lead by Associate Professor Peter Enticott, have been experimenting with magnetic brain stimulation in an effort help treat those suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
The project aims to improve social functioning among ASD sufferers, who are often otherwise highly skilled, organized and focused individuals. Professor Enticott estimates 1 in 68 individuals are somewhere on the spectrum.
The treatment works through the magnetic stimulation of the frontal lobe, an area of the brain associated with social understanding and interaction. The strategy appears to strengthen connections in the area, helping reduce social anxiety.
With no other current successful ASD treatment trials, Professor Enticott believes this research “could be a milestone in the development of an effective treatment.”
With enough funding to help fast track the research, the treatment could be available within the next five years.
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