Narrow field of view in individuals with autism may contribute to social difficulties

Kids with autism have a narrower functional field of view

Social difficulties have been the subject of many studies as the world strives to find an effective form of autism therapy. Until recently, the primary theory behind these social issues has been that individuals with autism prefer to use local information processing (focusing on the details of a stimulus) as opposed to global information processing (focusing on the stimulus as a whole). (Klin & Jones, 2006; Song, Hakoda, Sanefuji, & Cheng, 2015)

In July 2015, a new study revealed that children and adults with autism have a much narrower functional field of view than their neurotypical peers. Instead of being able to process an image that is 8.57° from the focal point, individuals with autism were only able to process an image within 6.62°, which is a statistically significant difference. (Song et al., 2015)

This visual processing deficit is what prevents individuals with autism from perceiving the environment holistically.

Social contexts require continuous integration of both central and peripheral information. Because individuals with autism are restricted to input within a narrow field of view, the input varies depending on their location. Subsequently, a misunderstanding or a misinterpretation of social situations may ensue.

Based on these findings, we can conclude that the social inappropriateness exhibited by individuals with autism may be a mechanical issue within the brain rather than an emotional misunderstanding.

Research has proven that short, regular eye-scanning exercises can gradually improve the mechanics of eye function as well as the processing of peripheral information. (van Wyk, Eksteen, & Rheeder, 2014)

Mendability utilizes Sensory Enrichment Therapy exercises specifically designed for this purpose. Examples include, but are not limited to: focusing on a central image while processing distant information; scanning to locate an image within a competing background; and copying letters on a flat surface.

According to our internal data, the greatest majority of Mendability participants saw improvements in their visual processing skills and in their social skills. Indeed, you will find that these individuals are no longer searching for answers, because they have found what the rest of the world is still striving to find: an effective form of autism therapy.

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Clinical Studies Validate Sensory Enrichment Therapy as an Effective Autism Treatment

Results showed that after 6 months of therapy 42% of the children in the sensory enrichment group achieved clinically significant improvement, compared to only 7% of the children in the standard care group.

  1. Woo, C., & Leon, M. (2013). Environmental enrichment as an effective treatment for autism: A randomized controlled trial. Behavioral Neuroscience, 487-497.
  2. Woo, C., Donnelly, J., Steinberg-Epstein, R., & Leon, M. (2015). Environmental enrichment as a therapy for autism: A clinical trial replication and extension. Behavioral Neuroscience, 412-422.

42% of children with autism had a clinically significant improvement

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  • Brain Plasticity

    Studies have shown that the brain has the ability to change and develop.

  • Sensory Enrichment Therapy

    Sensory Enrichment Therapy includes specific protocols proven to enhance brain plasticity. It is a scientifically driven treatment that uses sensory experiences to enable the brain to reduce the symptoms of autism.

  • Mendability

    Mendability provides this autism therapy over the Internet at a low cost, giving a structured treatment protocol that you can administer at home for 10-15 minutes daily.

    This is an autism therapy with clinically proven results, personalized to fit within your schedule – officially accredited by The Joint Commission.

The results are:

  • A child who initiates more natural conversations
  • A child who is more comfortable in his own skin and the world around him
  • A child who can learn more confidently
  • More calm, more focus, more engagement
  • Deeper, less interrupted sleep
  • More interest in varied foods
  • Easier to cope with change and to transition

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