MeRT Treatment for Autism
A Revolutionary and State of the Art Treatment Approach for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
These are some of the common things that we hear from parents inquiring about MeRT(sm) treatment for their Autistic children:
- “My son can talk, but can only repeat words that I say to him.”
- “My son melts down when we take him somewhere unfamiliar.”
- “My daughter can point to what she wants, but she can’t verbalize what she wants.”
- “My son is very smart, but he gets mad and acts out against his teacher if they aren’t working on the subjects he wants to work on.”
- “My daughter doesn’t engage with other children her age.”
- “My son won’t make eye contact.”
- “My daughter knows how to play video games, but she can’t be potty trained.”
- “When my son gets upset, he starts rocking back and forth and can’t be calmed down.”
- “My daughter walks on her toes.”
- “My son is very loving and sweet, but he’s afraid of being around other people.”
- “My daughter is non-verbal, but she talks in her sleep.”
- “My son’s symptoms are getting worse. He’s a strong teenager now and I can’t control him.”
- “I’m afraid my daughter is going to hurt herself.”
- “My son has a high IQ, but the teacher doesn’t want him in the classroom because he’s too disruptive.”
- “My daughter is combative and hits and bites children her age.”
- “My son is starting to scare me.”
If you are a parent of a child with Autism, you’ve probably experienced some of these same things. We’ve been treating Autism here at the Brain Treatment Center for years, and our technicians and clinicians hold these children and their well-being in high regard. We understand the heartbreak from parents who know that their child has potential, but they can’t figure out how to unlock it. We are committed to walking this journey with you and your child, and do so with the utmost of compassion and care.
We are here to help!
“We had exhausted every available treatment hoping to help our daughter. Nothing worked – then we found Brain Treatment Center. MeRT changed everything for us.” – BTC patient parent of an autistic child
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There is Hope at The Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach
MeRT, which stands for Magnetic E-Resonance Therapy, is an emerging, amazing technology that has been used to help thousands of autistic patients. It is non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical. The primary goal of treatment is improved functionality of the brain, which can allow the Autistic patient to function more independently and normally, and to allow them to function at their full potential. The Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach was the first clinic to ever offer this treatment. Hundreds of our Autistic patients who have gone through MeRT treatment have seen some amazing results. Common benefits include:
- Increased sociability
- Less anxiety, less frustration, and a lessening of stimming behaviors
- Ability to communicate more effectively
- More “presence” and participation in the world going on around them
- Improved language skills
- Improved connection with others
- More independence
- Better understanding of, and response to commands
- Improved ability to adapt to changing environment
- Improved ability to cope with stress
- Increased motivation to learn
- Improved emotional stability
- Increased attention span
- Mood improvement
- Increased relaxation
- Improved response to other Autistic therapies
Many therapies for Autism help to some degree, and we encourage patients to continue to participate in other programs. Not only does our treatment optimize brain communication and function, but also helps patients to progress more effectively through their other therapies. MeRT optimizes brain communication and function so it can also help patients gain more from their other therapies!
If you are interested in seeing if MeRT treatment is right for your child, first contact our New Patient Coordinator. She will answer all of your questions and guide you through how the process works. We will initially schedule two appointments, both of which are about one hour in length. At the first appointment, our neuro-technician will perform a qEEG and an EKG. These procedures are painless and involves the patient sitting in a chair until the test is completed. At your second appointment, our clinician will have a one on one consultation with you to confirm that your child is a candidate for treatment, answer any additional questions that you may have.
Once you see the results of your child’s EEG findings, if you are interested in proceeding forward with treatment, we will schedule the assessment period for treatment, which is one week long for kids 10 and under, and two weeks long for kids 11 and older. There is no obligation to proceed if you are not comfortable with moving forward.
Our office manager, Kate, will also meet with you to provide you with a brief orientation so that you are clear on expectations. If you are not local, she will also provide you with additional information about Newport Beach and things to do while you are here.
During the assessment period, treatment is administered every day, Monday through Thursday, followed by a repeat qEEG on Friday to see how you or your child are responding. If there is a positive response to treatment during the assessment period, you will have likely noticed some improvements starting to take place, and we will then schedule for the additional treatment duration.
A typical treatment session takes about 45 minutes. The patient will sit in a chair while the neurotechnician administers the treatment via a hand-held magnet that is held near the scalp. The magnetic impulses are delivered for 6-8 seconds each minute. There may be a slight sensation felt while the treatment is occurring, but it is not painful or uncomfortable.
Typically, after going through the assessment treatment period, MeRT treatment lasts anywhere from 4 – 8 weeks, however in some cases, additional treatment time is recommended for optimal results. Each individual is different, and protocols may vary. Your provider will have regularly scheduled follow-up EEGs and meet with you to gauge your progress.
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.
Our son is now 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. He has made such strides socially, with non verbal 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 from treatment. She says that he has been crushing the prescribed program – he scored significantly above expectations at the latest eval and he is speeding through the stages. We are thrilled by his 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. Thank you for making this treatment available and for your guiding us through the process. We look forward to summer.” – David J.
More About MeRT
MeRT (Magnetic E (EKG and EEG) Resonance Therapy is a treatment protocol that evolved from a technology called TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). However, TMS is a more generalized approach because it is only able to target a single location in the brain with one frequency.
Studies have shown that brain wave oscillations are altered in patients suffering from conditions such as Major Depression Disorder (MDD), Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, and more. MeRT treatment protocol uses a magnetic field to balance and stimulate brain function. The technology involves using very sophisticated diagnostics and imaging so that the treatment is customized for each individual and a personalized protocol is then tailored based on the location, frequency, and amount of power used by the magnet, specific to each person’s unique condition. MeRT is used to improve brain communication, synchronization, and can lead to significant and long-lasting improvements.
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Symptoms of Autism
Each autistic child is unique, has different severity levels, and will have their own patterns of dealing with the outside world and ways of communicating. Being autistic can affect intelligence levels, however some kids have high levels and some don’t. Even with high intelligence, they can lack common sense, social skills, the ability to communicate, and have coping dysfunctions.
Just as each child is different, each child’s brain frequencies will also be different. MeRT treatment protocols are tailored for each person to help restore their brain back to some degree of normalcy.
Common Symptoms of Characteristics of Autism Can Include:
- They do not appear to understand or hear when they are being spoken to
- Appear disconnected from the outside world and their loved ones or caregivers
- Have no verbal skills
- Inability to read body language or infer changes of tone of voice
- Don’t make eye contact
- Have a blank facial expression
- Appear to lack emotions and compassion
- Uses monotone or robotic speech patterns
- Can’t understand simple questions or instructions
- Responds inappropriately in social settings
- Being disruptive, loud, or hyper-reactive
- Being obsessive about routines
- Have abnormal fixation on objects
- Stiff movements
- Rocking back and forth or other repetitive movements
- Hurting themselves such as banging their heads against something or biting or hitting
There is no known definite cause of autism. According to research, inherited genetic factors account for about 80% of cases. Studies are ongoing to determine if environmental exposures can contribute to autism such as viral infections, medications, or complications that may occur during pregnancy. There are NO reliable studies that have ever determined that there is a link between autism and the use of vaccines.
MeRT Treatment for Autism Featured on the Television Show, “The Doctors.”
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It’s normal for patients and their families who are affected by brain disorders to feel frustrated and isolated, and many have lost hope that there is any relief in sight. MeRT is a treatment protocol that has helped patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again. We understand what you are going through, and our goal is to help guide you through the process so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child.
Many of our clinicians and technicians have gone through MeRT treatment protocols themselves and have realized first hand what the treatment has done for them, and as a result, are passionate about helping others to heal too.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer any questions that you may have about how MeRT can help you. She’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist in getting you scheduled with the clinic should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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“We have a beautiful daughter, Raquel and she was diagnosed with severe autism at the young age of 1 ½ years. Rachel did not follow directions, she did not look into my eyes, she did not want to be touched, she did not speak, she did not listen or respond to her name, she did not distinguish me as her mother, and I could clearly feel she was very anxious all the time.
Desperate, and with the intention of doing my best to guarantee a better quality of life for my daughter, for 4 years I investigated and took all available routes to try to help her overcome her condition. I took her to different types of therapy (phonoaudiology, occupational, behavioral, and sensory integration), in addition to a diet regime free of casein and gluten. All these efforts were important and helped my daughter have small signs of improvement, but Raquel was far from making any significant progress – doctors still gave her the same severe diagnosis.
It was not until the fourth year of this endless quest that we finally came up with something that would change our lives, and the life of our daughter forever. When it seemed that all alternatives were exhausted, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet told me about a new therapy in Newport Beach, California, called MeRT, which consisted of repetitive brain stimulation through magnetic waves. There was already strong empirical evidence that they help to regulate brain functioning quickly, safely, effectively and permanently.
Dr. Bradstreet explained that there were 20% of people who, for some unknown reason, did not respond to treatment, but an 80% chance of improvement was definitely an opportunity that I was not willing to let go, especially if it had to do with the well-being of my girl.
I traveled to California and they explained what the treatment consisted of. Rachel was going to do an EEG (Electroencephalogram) to determine exactly what was happening in her brain so that they could design a treatment tailored to her needs.
The study confirmed that the front of her brain did not work properly so Rachel did not process the information like the other children. With the clearest panorama, and high optimism, I agreed to start treatment immediately. I could not wait to start.
On the first day of therapy I thought my daughter wouldn’t cooperate. To my surprise she seemed to enjoy the procedure. Obviously at the end of the day I saw no changes in her behavior, but I did not expect to see results so fast. The story takes a really unexpected turn for all of us at the end of the second day of therapy.
We went back to the house of some relatives, where we were spending the night, and Raquel approached me, with a glass between her little hands asking me to give her some “Juz”. There are no words that can express the emotions that I felt at that moment. All the people who know me ask me if I shed tears of joy in that moment. It was the first time I could say that I had heard the voice of my 4 year old daughter. Incredibly this was not all. A few minutes later my daughter went out to the garden of the house, approached a lemon tree, took one and brought it to her face to smell it. For a little girl who practically lived in the corner of the room, interacting with her shadow, this was a revelation, to the point that a few moments later, when her sister took the lemon from her hands, Raquel demanded loudly “My, Lemon?” Only two days of therapy had passed and we suddenly had what seemed, for the first time in her short life, a normal child.
At the end of the second week of treatment, we arrived at the Clinic excited and very eager to share with the medical staff the great advances that we had seen after the second therapy. The Director of Center approached me and asked me to accompany him to the game room where Raquel was. I will never forget that moment. He said, “Look at your daughter.” Raquel was there, sitting by a window. She was pointing to the passing cars and asking out loud: “Blue Car?”, “Green Car?”, also an airplane “Blue Plane with White?”
Most incredible of all was that not only had she improved her ability to communicate, but her emotional projection also took a 180-degree turn. My daughter now asked me to pick her up and carry her in my arms. She hugged me for the first time voluntarily and repeatedly for more than 15 minutes. Aside from improving in language, she also improved her emotional connection. They were the most beautiful 15 minutes of my life. My daughter recognized me and expressed it openly and freely for the first time.
Since that day she did not let me go, everything she wanted to do, was with me. When I realized these great changes I began to carry out other activities with my daughter. What I can not forget to mention is that Raquel’s anxiety did not allow us to take her anywhere. When we went to a mall, the screams were so loud that a man even asked if she needed an ambulance. To take her to the U.S. was horrible too, because customs officers could not understand how this girl could not calm down with her mother. After 3 weeks of therapy Raquel even tolerated going to Disney. That frightful part of our lives was over. Now I was free to walk with my daughter and she was for the first time able to enjoy the rides. I meditated about why God sent this miracle to me. I came to the conclusion that if Raquel did so well, it had to be for something greater than us. At the end of the Treatment and seeing the progress, I decided to meet with the key people of the company and asked them to send a MeRT machine to Panama. When I got to the office I sat down with them and explained that I would not be able to live without the machine that brought me so many miracles. It took a year, but we finally managed to open the doors of Brain Treatment Center in Panama, and provide thousands of people with a treatment that could be the change they sought in their lives, closer, more accessible and comfortable. – Raquel’s Mother *
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Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We can provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment so that you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they would provide you with any reimbursement. Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Some patients have reported that they have been able to receive some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations, as well as treatment when treating Major Depressive Disorder, depending on their health coverage. Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement for MeRT.
We take all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Care Credit is also an option to assist in financing medical expenses. Care Credit is a separate company than The Brain Treatment Center Newport Beach, and is a credit card that can be used to cover medical expenses and services. They typically offer zero-interest financing for 12 months.
Usually, when you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will let you know if you are approved very promptly.
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