Monday, July 18, 2011

Identifying Learning Disorders by Looking at the Brain

Dr. Aditi Shankardass offers a second opinion on diagnosing learning disorders, suggesting that physicians actually "take a look at the brain" of a child who demonstrates communication and/or learning difficulties.  At this point, teachers and parents are simply able to observe a child's behaviors, making an educated guess as to what direction to move in to seek out remediation or interventions.  I'm fascinated and intrigued: could this specialized EEG accurately identify the cause of a child's behavior, removing the guesswork and substantially reducing the risk of potential misdiagnoses and their subsequent inappropriate interventions? 

Take a listen, and let me know what you think.


  1. That was fascinating! Wow! I am tweeting the link to your post!


    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow! This was truly thought provoking. It really does make you wonder how many times children are misdiagnosed, medicated or relegated to a life as a special needs student/person when, just perhaps, it is a misdiagnosis...scary. As the parent of a child with Down's Syndrome, it is easy to see that she is most definitely special needs but, too often, these other conditions are much less clear cut. I, personally, have often wondered how much diet and environment play into behaviors that might be considered special needs.

    Anyway, I am making my way through your blog backwards and have found many of your posts to be inspirational and thought provoking. Thanks so much for taking the time to blog!


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