neuropsychologist

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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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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Conscious Consumerism: Understanding Provider Competence and Getting The Services You Seek

Before going to a doctor or specialist, I learn more about the doctor’s credentials. Where did the doctor complete his or her medical degree, residency and fellowship? What concentration was his or her fellowship training in? Is the program where they graduated from reputable and well-established for that area of expertise? Has the doctor obtained …

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