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The Transformative Power of Neurofeedback Therapy for Families Living with Autism and Other Special Needs

From Client to Clinician

Thriving with Autism through Neurofeedback Therapy

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Are you looking for a tool that will get you faster and further results?

In the beginning, an autism diagnosis can feel devastating.

Some moments are brilliant, while others are a confusing tangle of meltdowns that may even include violence.

In those moments, void of hope, you would do almost anything to make it stop.

Sometimes it simply comes down to how you use—and diffuse—a situation.

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Louloua Smadi understands this desperation well. Her brother, Milo, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at two and a half years of age. Today, he is training to become a professional pastry chef.

It’s the years in between that she shares in her book, From Client to Clinician: The Transformative Power of Neurofeedback Therapy for Families Living with Autism and Other Special Needs.

Everything began to change when the family met Dr. Lynette Louise. Her integrative approach using neurofeedback and play was the catalyst that helped Milo to thrive and grow. Louloua even used the therapy herself to overcome poor concentration and focus.

Greatly impressed with her own improvements, she was inspired to become a practitioner herself. Her path from client to clinician illustrates the different approaches to healing using neurofeedback and highlights the gap between the research and clinical worlds.

Whether you are a parent, caregiver, therapist, or potential client, this book will help you gain a clear understanding of neurofeedback therapy and how this personal and holistic therapy can help you or your loved ones overcome a challenging diagnosis.

Louloua Smadi

Louloua Smadi

Author

Louloua Smadi, MSc, holds a degree in neuroimaging from King's College London and received her board certification in neurofeedback from BCIA in 2016. As a neurofeedback practitioner with over six years of experience in the US, UK, France, and Lebanon, she specializes in helping people with special needs and other various brain challenges. Her passion for brain health and neurodiversity stems from her experience with her brother with autism and her own attention difficulties. She hopes to help families living with severe challenges raise the bar on what can be accomplished using brain-behavior therapies.

Book Reviews

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In From Client to Clinician, Louloua shares many fascinating insights on neuro-feedback. She has a passion that comes from her personal journey and from her years of study and experience as a skilled clinician. This book takes you on a journey with her mentor Dr. Lynette. It is a fascinating read filled with inspiration, warmth and knowledge.

Sean Fitzgerald, Autism Specialist

“From client to clinician” is a remarkable book and Louloua Smadi has done something unique. She has taken the dense and complex Neurofeedback technique and applied it to a genuine family story. This book will inspire the rest of us to embark on the Neurofeedback experience.       

Ghida Rabbat, Author Client and co-founder of Openminds

Louloua’s book is an essential read for families learning to support members with special needs to thrive. Her book pairs a touching personal story with evidence-backed approaches to provide a wonderful framework for maximizing well-being.          

Nour Kteily, Ph.D. in Psychology and Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard Business School

Having experienced Neurofeedback sessions with Louloua and reaped the rewards and benefits, 'From client to clinician: The Transformative Power of Neurofeedback Therapy for Families Living with Autism and Other Special Needs is a fascinating read that showcases firsthand experience on the power and efficiency of Neurofeedback.

Lea Jabre, Author Client

Louloua writes about her personal journey to help her brother with Autism live a more fulfilling life. Her book speaks to the power of complimentary and non-traditional therapies to heal and empower those who are struggling or marginalized, and have not been adequately helped by more traditional talk or behavioral therapies. Never giving up on hope, she shows courage and determination in the intellectual and geographic distances she is willing to travel to find solutions to hard problems.          

Regina Musicaro, Postdoctoral Researcher at Yale University

Louloua’s personal journey, coupled with her genuine frankness and palpable passion, make From Client to Clinician an extremely powerful, informational and insightful book. She also poignantly and accurately highlights the significance of ages and stages in the development of individuals with ASD, and the need to continuously shift directions. A great read indeed!

Suha Beyhum, Author Client

From Client to Clinician offers a ray of hope for parents struggling to understand and help their children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Louloua shares conversations with Lynette Louise and real stories of her family to present a wealth of information about neurofeedback in a practical and inspirational way.    

Sandra Rouhana, Special Education Program Coordinator at Step Together

Louloua offers a well-rounded explanation of neurofeedback therapy through the lens of her family. Her experience with individuals with special needs pushed her to find different and effective ways to use neurofeedback with neurodiverse people.

Alix Strickland Frénoy, Autism Expert & Coach, Founder of Special Learning House

REVIEW OF THE AUTISM TERMINOLOGY USED IN THE BOOK

By Julie Sando, Autism & Assistive Technology Expert, Director of Austistically Inclined

"As you know, the buzz words in autism land change so often... it is hard to keep up with what is considered ok to say and what suddenly is not. I have been connecting more and more with people who are autistic and learning so much from them about terminology. So I thought I would share some thoughts on terminology that might help this book appeal to a wider audience, and that honors the wording that many self-advocates prefer. I can see your heart is pure. I could see it through the words here and there that stood out. I know you stand for acceptance and love and all the good things! You made that very clear in so many ways! I could see through the terminology - I just know that others can get stuck on words and then not hear the message - and your message is so needed, valuable, and you believe the same as the advocates do!

"Low/High Functioning"

Many people, especially autistic people and some parents, do not like to use the words "low functioning." Therefore high functioning is also not a favorite word, because it indicates low functioning exists. The reason why... Many non speakers identify as much more neurotypical on the inside... they just can't get their bodies to work. So they can't show you all that they know. So when they hear someone call them low-functioning - they understand that to mean that they are cognitively low-functioning. Because many people believe that what they see is all there is. And it just doesn't feel good to be called low-functioning. There are many people who would be considered low functioning who are able to make a big difference in the world. Here is an article that explains more.

"Violent"

Similarly, the word violent indicates that the person is wanting to inflict harm. This may be true for some. But for many, it is not true. They may feel frustrated and have no other way to express their frustration. They may have a medical issue going on. There are so many things it could be. Some people use the word aggression but that still indicates that they are wanting to hurt others. The term disregulated or harming self or others is a good general term that describes the action rather than the intention. Violence is also often paired with criminals. And there is a lot of media in the states about mass shooters who may be on the spectrum. People get very upset about this correlation because it makes the public more afraid of our kids and makes them misunderstand autism through these generalizations. Learn more here.

"Not understanding others"

Understanding the role that motor planning plays in autism is important which you described on pages 21 and 22 “Milo’s speech still only consisted of a few words, but these words had meaning to Milo; thus, he started to understand other people’s words“. When you have motor planning difficulties, every way possible to test cognition requires a motor response. When you can't control your body you can't show what you understand. So just because he can't say a word does not mean he can't understand the word. The words are all inside the head, and they get stuck when they have to exit through the motor cortex. So I would assume that many of our kids have much great understanding than what we can see - but every way they have to show us requires motor planning. So I would be hesitant to make statements that he didn't understand other people's words... it is more so that we couldn't see that he understood peoples words. This relates to the topic of the mind-body disconnect. More info here and here."

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