Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Does Your Child Have an Accurate Diagnosis?

Having a diagnosis is the first step in helping your family member with a disability. Professionals require a diagnosis when beginning to design interventions. The accuracy of the diagnosis impacts the effectiveness of the treatments.

Dr. Adita Shankardass, a neuroscientist with expertise in neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and neuropsychology, had been performing digital quantitative EEGs on many children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She has discovered that many of these children have neurological disorders rather than developmental ones, and require far different treatments.

For example, some children previously diagnosed with severe autism were found to have epilepsy that caused them to display autistic-like traits. Prescriptions of correct medications raise them to functional levels consistent with their peers.

Not sure that your child has an accurate diagnosis? Watch Dr. Shankardass' TED talk here.