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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Individuals With Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Systematic Review (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Individuals With Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Systematic Review

This study looks at children, young people, and those with neurodevelopmental disorders who are at higher risk of facing traumatic events.

Article Abstract

“Children, young people, and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), including autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are known to be at risk of experiencing high rates of traumatic events. EMDR is an evidence-based psychological therapy for trauma and mental health conditions in the general population. A systematic search was conducted to find research studies using EMDR with individuals with certain NDDs across the lifespan. A total of 15 studies were included in this review, 13 of which were case studies/series. Although findings are inconclusive as to whether EMDR can be effective for individuals with NDDs, it is encouraging that all the studies included in the review reported a reduction in posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. However, more robust research examining the effectiveness of EMDR for people with NDDs is needed.”

—Description from publisher

Article Access

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Sopena, S., Silva, J., Miller, C., Hedderly, T. & van Diest, C. (2023). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy for Individuals With Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Systematic Review. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 17(4), 200-215. https://doi.org/10.1891/EMDR-2023-0005

 


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Affirm Your Practice

Affirm Your Practice

About 1 in 6 people are neurodivergent. Neurodiversity is an umbrella term used to describe the variation of human brains including autism, ADHD, OCD, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, and more. Given the size and diversity of this population, neurodiverse-affirming care is an essential element of all competent, accessible care—and EMDR is no exception. Read case vignettes that affirm using EMDR therapy with neurodiverse clients in this article.

Learn more in this article from the Winter 2023 issue EMDR Therapy, Chronic Pain, & Somatic Illness of Go With That Magazine™️ by SarahRose Hogan, LCSW-R.

 


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Using EMDR With Autistic Clients: How Do Therapists Adapt? (Journal of EMDR Practice and Research)

Autistic people commonly experience co-morbid mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and low mood.

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10 Things about EMDR and Autism

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It is an exciting fact that therapists worldwide are using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with individuals diagnosed with autism or ASD. Many of them are teenagers. EMDR can and has helped this population in many ways.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️ by Sherri Paulson, LCSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

 


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