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For Immediate Release: April 3, 2005
Bright Minds Institute: (415) 561-6755

What's Really Going On In Our Kids' Head?


(Los Angeles, CA. April 3) What parent doesn't worry about his or her child's mental and emotional development? Are Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and Autism really reaching epidemic proportions (as the media would have us believe) or can it be that these labels are being assigned to troubled children before thoroughly checking their brain anatomy, chemical composition, electrical function and neuropsychological characteristics (i.e., the relationship between brain function and behavior).

Neurologist Fernando Miranda, MD, founder of the Bright Minds Institute of San Francisco and Los Angeles,( warns that the right medication for the wrong diagnosis can easily occur unless there has been a thorough evaluation of brain function by means of digital EEG, MRI scanning, and an Evoked Potentials Assessment (DEEP). Like fingerprints, each brain is unique. It is essential to find out what's really going on in the child's head before finalizing a diagnosis or recommending a course of treatment. In many cases, Miranda points out, there may be a dominant problem such as autism, complicated by a combination of health factors that must also be addressed.

Dyslexia, speech and language disorders, and learning disabilities with both low and high achievers, in addition to ADD, ADHD, and Autism have all responded well to a multi-disciplinary approach, Miranda says. Performance changes have included raising I.Q. measurements by 10 to 15 points within three to four months. In families with a history of inherited bipolar disease, children can be monitored and if brain activity shows a predisposition, low-level medication can often prevent the manifestation of any episodes.

The Bright Minds program draws upon numerous specialized therapies to create a synergistic program for improvement. The Institute has relationships with experts in the fields of pharmacological therapy, family therapy, clinical psychology, educational psychology, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, art therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, individual tutors and biofeedback, not only at its California clinics but throughout the country.

A native of Chile, Dr. Fernando Miranda is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology; with post graduate training in Cognition and Behavior; licensed to practice medicine in California and Florida. As Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery for the Lovelace Clinic and Foundation, he strongly participated in the Space Program. He was the Neurologist in Charge of NASA's Biomedical Institute and was part of the medical team looking for answers to the Syndrome of Space Motion Sickness. He was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Medical School and co-founded the Maryland Regional Sleep Disorder Center for Johns Hopkins and Baltimore City Hospitals. He is also a Kung- Fu and Tai Chi practitioner.

The Bright Minds Institute is located at 814 South Westgate Avenue, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (telephone: 310-820-1084) and 8 Funston Avenue, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129 (telephone 415-561-6755).

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