April 8, 2019

A New Look at the Brain & Autism

This week our doctors hosted a talk called "A New Look at The Brain & Autism". Dr. Patterson and Dr. Duffy provided attendees the opportunity to understand Autism in a new way through the lens of clinical neuroscience. We had a great time meeting everyone and always appreciate your sharing about your loved ones.


If you weren't able to join us, I'll provide a bit of a recap.


Dr. Patterson spoke about the neurological complexities present in those living with ASD. No two people living with autism have identical alterations in brain function. Essentially,  there is no one area of the brain associated with autism. Our neurology is wired uniquely, and therefore, therapies cannot be "one size fits all". Some basic assessments and treatment for ASD look at primitive reflexes and their integration as well as looking at one half of the brain versus the other.  However, this is just scratching the surface. Typically an in-depth assessment of the global brain function, and a more targeted approach to therapy is needed. Our doctors discussed the various ways they test the brain region by region, really isolating the issue to certain neural centers and pathways.


We were so happy to have a special guest contribute to the conversation! Meredith Sinclair of Life Behavior Consulting joined us to discuss the behavior and socialization elements of living with ASD. Mastering social graces can be hard for anyone. Meredith and her team specialize in assisting those living with Autism with the substilities of social skills that make all involved feel comfortable and assured. Her PEERS program teaches young adults social necessities such as introducing themselves, holding conversations, making friends, how to deal with bullying, etc. With the neurological advances available with brain rehabilitation, new social doors are opened. Meredith's team assists in harnessing their new capabilities.


We had many parents new to the ASD world in the room, so Dr. Patterson provided information about the many treatment options available. In many cases, a combination of modalities (nutrition, PT, OT, speech, socialization coaching) are helpful to create an environment for the brain to change. However, if you feel like you or your child has not progressed with the conventional treatment methods, it might be time to dig a bit deeper. Our doctors specialize in providing diagnoses that go beyond "Your child has Autism", and therapies that create lasting change.


Thanks to everyone that joined us, and hopefully we'll see you at our next ASD seminar. In the meantime, if there is an avenue you are considering exploring and you are looking for more information, give us a call and we'll point you in the right direction.

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