Dr. Ghilain’s New Book *NOW AVAILABLE*: A Neuropsychologist’s Guide to Training Psychometrists

The end of 2021 was a busy time for many people, and I certainly felt like December came and went in a flash! One exciting piece of news I’d like to share is that my book, “A Neuropsychologist’s Guide to Training Psychometrists: Promoting Competence in Psychological Testing” was released on December 13, 2021. Primarily written …

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Concussion: Promoting Facts over Media-Sensationalized Fiction

  The discussion of concussions has exploded in popular media in the last few years. It seems nearly every popular media site has done at least one or two pieces, sometimes many more, on the impacts of concussion and its related symptoms. In today’s blog post, Dr. Ghilain goes over the symptoms of concussion and …

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: What is This “Spectrum,” And Why Are So Many Affected?

In January 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated guidelines for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum. In today’s post, I walk through the behaviors that are consistent with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism Defined Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication/language as well …

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): 3 subtypes

  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder seen in my practice. Often co-occurring with other diagnoses such as dyslexia or epilepsy, my clients are often surprised to learn that ADHD is diagnosed based on 3 different behavioral profiles. In today’s blog, I share the 3 different types of ADHD, and the reasons …

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Congenital Heart Disease (CHD): Why Are Heart Problems a Concern for Neuropsychologists?

Today is World Heart Day, and so there is no better time to share information about congenital heart disease (CHD). Nearly 1% of children are born with CHD each year, making it a very common birth condition. Advancements in medical treatments for CHD allow >90% of diagnosed individuals to live long and fulfilled lives. However, …

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Alzheimer’s disease: Symptoms & Diagnosis

In honor of World Alzheimer’s Day yesterday, I wanted to share a little bit about the diagnostic process of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). I often receive questions about whether changes in thinking are due to normal aging, due to a neurodegenerative process like AD, or due to something else entirely!  Background Information First, a bit of …

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How Do We Identify and Support Children with Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a type of Reading Disability. It is diagnosed when a person has difficulties with recognizing, spelling, or decoding (sounding out) unfamiliar words. As you might expect, early struggles can have a ripple effect, leading to reading confusion and reduced vocabulary words as the child matures. So how is a child with dyslexia identified, …

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Section 504 Plans vs. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): What’s the Difference?

As a neuropsychologist, I work with schools to support struggling students. I enjoy this aspect of my job, as it brings together two of my biggest academic passions: education and neuropsychology. You may not know this, but I was both a psychology and education major in college and had thought I would become a teacher …

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