April is Autism Awareness Month! Autism affects about 1 in 68 children, yet autism can be exceptionally difficult to classify as each case is very unique to the patient. Asperger syndrome, once known as a specific subtype of autism, is now classified as part of the single autism diagnosis by the recently published 2013 DSM-5 diagnostic manual.
by Dr. Jolene Ross“Jessica’s* eye turns way out to the side”,
her mother told me. “She is supposed to have surgery for it in a couple of months.” Jessica’s mother looked very nervous, but believed that surgery was the only possible solution for this problem.
“Give me a little time.” I replied.
As a parent, all you want is to see your child succeed in their life. If your child suffers from a brain-based issue or disorder, daily functioning becomes more difficult which can burden families. Brain-based issues can include everything from anxiety and depression to learning disabilities to behavioral issues. Parents often struggle to find the right course of treatment to ensure that their child can grow up to be a well-adjusted adult and experience academic, career, and personal success. Success in the formative years of their youth is crucial. If your child is struggling to succeed, neurofeedback may be the treatment of choice, and here’s why.
An estimated 4.6 million school-aged children in the United States today have been diagnosed with a learning disability, making academic life so much more challenging than for an average student. The anxiety and stress that results from not keeping up with the material learned in school and performing poorly on exams can take a toll on children and their families. Parents of children who have been diagnosed with a learning disability struggle to find the right assistance for their child.
Diagnosing a child with a learning disability can be difficult considering all children learn at their own pace. However, all parents should be keeping a close eye on their children’s studies and grades to examine if they are exhibiting symptoms indicative of a learning disability. In fact, fifteen to twenty percent of the population has a reading disability. Dyslexia is a learning disability affecting both oral and written language abilities, affecting both males and females equally. Children inherit genetic links, so if you have a learning disability, it is not unlikely your child may as well.
Children who struggle with dyslexia are often diagnosed by the symptoms they have displayed both at home and/or in the classroom. Though symptoms displayed from young ages persist throughout life, dyslexia is symptomatic in different ways at different ages throughout the child’s life.