Transcranial Magentic Stimulation (TMS) for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Research Update

The following is a link to webinar sponsored by the Autism Research Institute (ARI).  Click on this sentence for a YouTube link. The lecture was divided into 2 parts. The first was meant to clarify the background that led us to generate the idea of using TMS in autism. The second part talks about the practicalities of the technique and a selective discussion of findings from our group. Thus far we have had 15 clinical trials and treated several hundred patients with the technique with few side effects. Several other groups have reproduced our original findings. I was fortunate to have some poignant questions by the audience that addressed common doubts and misconceptions- so please watch with the lecture until the end.

For those interested in reading more about this technique and its application to autism, we have written several blogs that may be of interest. Also, our recent book, “Defining Autism“, explains many of the concepts of the lecture in greater detail.

Translating TMS; From Autism Science to Autism Therapy

Neuromodulation in Autism: Basic Principles of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Autism: Generalities

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Historical Aspects

A Cautionary Note on the Use of Trancranial Magnetic Stimulation in Autism





2 responses to “Transcranial Magentic Stimulation (TMS) for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Research Update

  1. Rapid stimulation is making inroads in the treatment of otherwise refractory depression. It requires less time/effort of personnel at the clinic setting. In my experience, however, it is less accepted by some patients who believe the same may provide for more muscle contractions/pain/headaches.


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