MeRT: A New Approach To Autism Treatment That Gets Results
A breakthrough, non-invasive, drug-free treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that has shown significant improvement in communication, mood, independence, and much more.

The MeRT Approach to Autism Treatment
A diagnosis of autism can be overwhelming to a parent, but early intervention is key to the child’s development. We truly understand the heartbreak of parents who have already invested so much into trying to help their children with autism or ASD, only to see little progress. Many feel that their child has potential but can’t seem to unlock it.

To help your child, Brain Treatment Center provides a breakthrough technology: MeRT or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. MeRT uses gentle magnetic waves to balance and stimulate brain function, guided by sophisticated diagnostics and imaging. MeRT is compatible with most other types of therapy.

Our Clinic in Danville is A Key Clinic for MeRT
Our staff holds children and their well-being in the highest regard, and we are committed to walking this journey with you and your child. Our mission is to do so with the utmost compassion and care.

Autism is Different for Every Child
Each child with autism is unique and has different severity levels. Every child will have their own patterns of dealing with the outside world, as well as different ways of communicating. Because each child is different, their brain frequencies will also be different. That’s why we tailor MeRT treatment protocols to help restore their brain function optimally.

Autism has no known definite cause. According to research, inherited genetic factors account for about 80% of cases. Additionally, studies are ongoing to determine if environmental exposures can contribute to autism.

Symptoms of Autism
Common symptoms of autism characteristics can include:

  • Not appearing to understand or hear when spoken to
  • Appearing disconnected from the outside world and their loved ones or caregivers
  • No or little verbal skills
  • Inability to read body language or infer changes in tone of voice
  • Not making eye contact
  • Having a blank facial expression
  • Lacking emotions and compassion
  • Using monotone speech patterns
  • Inability to understand simple questions or instructions
  • Responding inappropriately in social settings
  • Being disruptive, loud, or hyper-reactive
  • Fixation on objects
  • Stiffer movements
  • Being obsessive about routines
  • Rocking back and forth or other repetitive movements
  • Hurting themselves or others, such as banging their heads against something or biting or hitting

Disruptions can be minor or significant, but with a little nudging in the right direction, brain function can be improved. We assess the communication quality between your networks of neurons, shedding light on how you might be experiencing the world and helping to identify areas for improvement.

Conventional Treatment for Autism
Often a physician will treat autism with medication and counseling. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practices are commonly used to treat the behavioral symptoms of autism. There is no conclusive evidence supporting the efficacy of CAM therapies in ASD; however, promising results are reported for music therapy, acupuncture, and massage.

Here at Brain Treatment Center in Danville, we offer MeRT for Autism. This is a unique version of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), with a far more individualized approach to brain modulation. We tailor treatment to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and magnetic power used. TMS modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil. This process is non-invasive and painless. Research studies show that this type of treatment is promising for Autism.

Most TMS treatments deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency for all patients. MeRT, however, is more evolved. We carefully analyze a patient’s initial testing as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. We then use this information to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. Patients have indicated that they have experienced significant clinical improvements.*

Treatment for Autism usually lasts four to eight weeks, but can be ongoing. Appointments are 30 to 45 minutes long, Monday through Friday. Generally, the patient will begin to notice improvements during the first week.

While the FDA has cleared the equipment used for MeRT in the treatment of depression that has been resistant to medications, it may also be used off-label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. Studies have shown altered brain wave oscillations in patients suffering from conditions such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), 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 sophisticated diagnostics and imaging to customize the treatment for each individual. We then tailor a personalized protocol based on the location, frequency, and amount of power used by the magnet, specific to each person’s unique condition. As a result, MeRT can improve brain communication and synchronization and can lead to significant and long-lasting improvements.

Much of the initial MeRT research has been done by the U.S. Department of Defense for veterans returning from combat. There is an article that was published in Defense One that further explains the DOD’s research and the benefits that MeRT has been shown to have on people suffering from TBI, PTSD, and MDD. Additional studies have been completed in the private sector on other conditions.

MeRT Treatment for Autism: What to Expect
For the initial analysis, you will come in for a comprehensive testing appointment. We will gather your new patient paperwork and then our neuro technician will perform a qEEG and EKG, which will enable us to identify any dysfunction or communication problems in your brain.

This appointment usually takes about 45 minutes. Should you decide to proceed with treatment, we will schedule your assessment period. Your second appointment is also 45 minutes long. During this time, you will meet with a provider for a clinical evaluation. The provider will answer any questions you may have and discuss your applicable treatment plan.

Assessment Period
The assessment period of treatment lasts for two weeks, and will help you, and us, determine how you are responding to treatment. At the end of the assessment period, we will perform a second qEEG to note any changes occurring in your brain.

The first week will be Monday through Friday, and the second week, Monday through Thursday, nine sessions in total, followed by a repeat qEEG to determine progress.

Continuing Treatment
Once the assessment period is complete, and we are seeing progress both clinically and on the qEEG, we will schedule subsequent two-week treatment periods.

The comparison between the initial and second qEEG/clinical evaluation will determine if you are responding. You should also start to experience changes in the way you are feeling during this time. We highly advise a total of six weeks of treatment (which includes the assessment period) for optimal and long-lasting results.

Since each brain is unique, the protocol will be different for each patient as it is based on specific qEEG/EKG data from your brain, and the specific condition being treated. Generally, the results of treatment can last a lifetime, though some people prefer occasional follow-up treatment as needed. But each person is different, and protocols may vary. Your provider will have regularly scheduled follow-up EEGs and meet with you to gauge your progress.

Additional Information
A typical treatment session takes about 45 minutes. You will sit in a chair while the neuro technician administers the treatment near the scalp via a magnetic coil. The gentle magnetic impulses are delivered for six to eight seconds each minute. You may feel a slight sensation while the treatment is occurring, but it is not painful or uncomfortable.

Please note that results and improvements are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual users and are not guaranteed. Additionally, the results of therapy can vary per individual. In general, the longer the length of MeRT therapy, the longer the changes remain.

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Autism Treatment Videos

Julie Kim, MD, present how MeRT can help those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Kim presents some staggering statistics, explains how MeRT works on the brain, and the common benefits that we have seen after patients go through treatment. This is a “Must See” for anyone who is a parent of a child with ASD, or anyone associated with a person with ASD. 

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66% of individuals experienced speech improvement

In a internal double-blind randomized controlled trial, 66% of individuals with verbal and non-verbal communication difficulties experienced improvement.

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70% of individuals improved eye contact behavior

In the same trial, 70% of individuals with difficulty maintaining eye contact saw improved eye contact behavior.

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Autism Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any specific conditions under which MERT should not be used?2024-02-01T02:49:49+00:00

MERT may not be suitable for individuals with certain medical conditions, such as epilepsy or with implanted medical devices like pacemakers. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment.

How is the effectiveness of MERT monitored?2024-02-01T02:49:33+00:00

Effectiveness is typically monitored through behavioral assessments and feedback from patients and caregivers as well as a follow up qEEG where changes can be seen objectively

Can MERT be repeated if symptoms reappear?2024-02-01T02:49:15+00:00

Yes, additional MERT sessions can be administered if symptoms reoccur or persist.

Is MERT a permanent cure for autism?2024-02-01T02:48:57+00:00

MERT is not a cure for autism, but it may help manage or improve certain symptoms.

How quickly can improvements be noticed?2024-02-01T02:48:16+00:00

Some individuals may notice changes within a few sessions, while for others, it may take longer.

Can MERT help with sensory processing issues in autism?2024-02-01T02:48:03+00:00

Some individuals may experience improvements in sensory processing, but results can vary.

Does MERT require any special preparation?2024-02-01T02:47:51+00:00

No special preparation is usually needed, but following the practitioner’s specific instructions is important.

What is the success rate of MERT in treating autism?2024-02-01T02:47:38+00:00

Success rates can vary, and more comprehensive studies are needed to provide a definitive success rate.

Can MERT be administered at home?2024-02-01T02:47:22+00:00

Currently, MERT is typically administered in a clinical setting under professional supervision.

What are the qualifications of a practitioner providing MERT?2024-02-01T02:47:05+00:00

Practitioners should be certified and trained in administering MERT, often with a background in neurology or a related field.

Is MERT covered by insurance?2024-02-01T02:46:36+00:00

Coverage varies by insurance provider and plan, so it’s important to check with your insurance company.

Is MERT suitable for all ages?2024-02-01T02:46:12+00:00

MERT can be used for individuals of various ages, but protocols may vary based on age and specific needs.

Can MERT be used in conjunction with other autism treatments?2024-02-01T02:45:56+00:00

Yes, MERT can be integrated with other therapies such as behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy.

How many MERT sessions are typically needed to see results?2024-02-01T02:45:11+00:00

The number of sessions varies, but improvement is often observed after a course of several weeks or months of treatment.

How long does a typical MERT treatment session last?2024-02-01T02:44:55+00:00

Each session typically lasts about 30-60 minutes, depending on the specific protocol used.

Are there any side effects of MERT?2024-02-08T00:18:45+00:00

MERT is generally considered safe, but some individuals may experience mild side effects like temporary headaches or dizziness.

What are the potential benefits of MERT for autism?2024-02-08T00:18:13+00:00

Potential benefits include significant improvements in sleeping patterns, CARS score, verbal and non-verbal communication difficulties, eye contact behavior and learning capacity.

Is MERT a scientifically proven method for treating autism?2024-03-12T22:38:00+00:00

MERT is a relatively new approach, and while there are promising studies, more research is needed to fully establish its efficacy for autism treatment. MERT is a relatively new approach, and while there are promising studies, more research is needed to fully establish its efficacy for autism treatment.

How does MERT work for treating autism?2024-03-12T22:37:35+00:00

MERT works by targeting specific brain regions associated with autism, aiming to normalize brainwave patterns and improve neurological function. MERT works by targeting specific brain regions associated with autism, aiming to normalize brainwave patterns and improve neurological function.

What is MERT?2024-02-01T02:42:20+00:00

Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MERT) is an EEG guided, non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses that is designed to restore healthy brain communication.

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