-Lauren Claassen-It is estimated that 1 in every 6 children are diagnosed with some kind of developmental diso.rder or difficulty.The amount is staggering. And it’s what got me thinking about a trend we’ve been seeing in the practice for a very long time. We get so many emails every month from parents who have done just about everything under the son to address their child’s problem. Let me take you through a typical email.
“My son/daughter has been diagnosed with X. We’ve tried A to W. Nothing is working and my medical aid is running out! Please help.”
Here is the crucial part; “My son/daughter has been diagnosed with X”. Despite the fact that these developmental issues originate in the brain, most of them are diagnosed on the bases of observable behavior. It’s like treating a patient with a heart problem, by looking at his physi.cal symptoms. And not doing an ECG or chest x-ray to look at the heart. So in order for us to treat a disor.der that originates in the brain, should we not be looking at the brain directly?
The qEEG(Quantitative electroencephalogram) is what helps us do exactly that - look at the brain directly. So that we can not only diagnose the developmental disor.der correctly, but most importantly, treat it correctly.
The qEEG records the activity in the brain through the help a cap which we place on the client’s head. While the client performs tasks (vis.ion, attention, language and audition), the brain activity is recorded in real-time. It allows us to watch the brain as it performs certain functions, which in turn helps us dete.ct even the slightest abnormality. Once the qEEG is complete, the data is submitted and compared to what we call a normative database, which has beendeveloped by the ‘Brain Resource Company’.
It includes subjects of different races, genders, ages and cultures. By analyzing the client’s data and comparing it to this database we are able to see if any irregularity in brainwave activity exists. Once the comparison has been made, the data collected is converted into a colour map of the brain which identifies which areas of the brain were efficiently engaged during specific tasks and which weren’t, allowing us triangulate exactly where in the brain the irregular/abnormal activity is. Giving the client a neurological diagn.osis which isn’t merely based on behavior observed.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
My daughter Lauren is currently completing her masters degree in psycology. She joined The ADD Lab a year or so ago and is now balancing her life as a student with her life here at the practice. She has had countless successes and having found a passion for the qEEG, I thought it would only be fitting for her to write this month's article. Enjoy the read - Mitzi Claassen
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