psychology

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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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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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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The Neuropsychological Evaluation: What to Expect!

When an individual comes for a neuropsychological evaluation, they are often unsure of what exactly to expect. In today’s blog post, I will review what to expect during a neuropsychological evaluation: from scheduling through feedback! Initial Phone Consultation & Appointment Scheduling: Typically, a family member will call to request an appointment, either for themselves or …

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