ATN/AIR-P Having an Electroencephalogram (EEG): A Guide for Providers

EEGs can be difficult for all people, but especially for children and adults with autism. This guide will help providers make the EEG process easier and more comfortable for patients on the spectrum.

The guide proves information about autism, the unique aspects of the diagnosis that are important to consider, ways that parents and caregivers can help prepare their child before the procedure and how to help children and families during the actual EEG.

Sections include:

Why does an Autism Diagnosis Matter when a Child Needs to Have an EEG?
How Can Staff and Families Collaborate to Improve the EEG Procedure?
Understanding Sensory Issues and How to Help Children with ASD Cope
Understanding Challenging or Aggressive Behavior

"These materials are the product of on-going activities of the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, a funded program of Autism Speaks. It is supported by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the MCHB, HRSA, HHS, or Autism Speaks."

Our Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families, and caretakers to information, tools, and resources.

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