Developmental Neurology

Developmental disorders have become an epidemic not only in our country, but also within the world. According to the CDC, approximately one in six children from the ages of 3 to 17 years old suffer from one or more developmental disorders. These include but are not limited to ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, OCD, Tourette’s, etc. With the prevalence continuing to rise among all of these conditions, increases can be explained by the concepts of epigenetics. Epigenetics is the way the environment around us changes the way human genetics are expressed, which directly impacts neurological and physiological functions.

Rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have reached epidemic levels in the United States. ADHD is typically a mis-firing or mis-communication between the frontal and prefrontal regions of the brain, and cerebellum.To properly address the symptoms associated with ADHD, a comprehensive neurologic and metabolic assessment is warranted and therapies are developed based on that assessment to address the underdeveloped neurological regions of the brain. Once these tests are conducted, specific networks of dysfunction can be localized. From this information, a personalized treatment plan be prescribed to help re-integrate dysfunctional connections in the brain.

Dyslexia and learning disabilities continue to be a prominent issue within the educational system. When working with a child or an adult with a learning disability, it is imperative to assess neurologic function. For example, a reading problem may not necessarily just be a “reading problem.” An in depth neurological examination is warranted to examine the underlying connections that are needed to efficiently read. From our examination, we are able to devise an individualized treatment plan to strengthen the neurologic networks that are involved in reading.

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