This week we are reposting a Q&A session with Dr. Miranda conducted by ABC News/Good Morning America several years ago. You may view the video features by ABC News on our news page. The questions and advice are evergreen since the same issues and questions come up for every new generation of parents with children on the “Autism Spectrum,” with developmental delays and with ADHD.
Autism Doctor Answers Viewers’ Questions
Neurologist Dr. Fernando Miranda takes a radically different approach to behavioral disorders. Using high-tech scanning imagery he looks inside people’s brains to diagnose and treat autism and attention deficit disorder.
After discussing his groundbreaking research on “Good Morning America,” we asked viewers to send in their questions for Miranda and received hundreds of emails. Answers to selected questions are below.
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What are the signs one should look for in a child (who has been diagnosed with autism) to see if it could be something else like seizures? And can it be hereditary?
E., Whittier, Calif.
Dr. Miranda: Day dreaming, staring spells, abnormal awakenings at night, sleep terrors and family history of seizures.
I have a 5-year-old son with autism who had a 30 minute EEG when he was 4. We suspected silent seizures but in the 30 minutes none were noted. Is this enough time? Should we pursue more extensive testing? If so, what testing would you recommend?
A.M., Little Rock, Ark. Read more »