Researchers placed a coil, which created the magnetic field, near the scalps of 13 people with autism. Researchers then reversed the magnetic fieldís polarity.What I find intriguing about Casanova's approach is that he is not attempting to cure - or even treat - the "core" symptoms of autism (usually defined as social/communications deficits, speech challenges, lack of eye contact, etc.). Rather, his interest is in lessening the impact of those problems which are often associated with autism, and often add to the stress and anxiety which, in turn, may socializing and entering public spaces difficult.
After receiving a 20-minute treatment twice a week for three weeks, patients showed fewer instances of hyperactivity, sensory overload and repetitive behaviors, psychologist Lonnie Sears, a project collaborator, said in a news release.
...ďOur results are preliminary, but they show a great deal of promise in reducing the severity of symptoms that people with autism find most distressing without affecting areas in which many autistic patients are gifted,Ē Casanova said in the release.