Baby in EEG cap at Boston Children’s Hospital
See today’s article by Karen Weintraub for Boston WBUR radio about Bright Minds Institute’s special brain scan technology in action — referenced by researchers in two new peer-reviewed medical articles.
The article quotes Dr. Miranda as well as Dr. Duffy, two key people responsible for Bright Minds Institute’s medical excellence and continued success. The article also highlights a new study about EEG spectral coherence in children with Autism vs a “neuro-typical” control group, as well as another new study about Developmental Trajectories of Resting EEG Power.
Duffy said he hopes his EEG analysis could also be used to show whether an autism treatment is working.
“If you think you have a useful therapy, looking at the physiological brain changes might be a hint that you’re going in the right direction or not,” he said.
Dr. Fernando Miranda, a cognitive behavioral neurologist in San Francisco, and long-time friend of Duffy’s, said an EEG-based test will also be much easier for people with autism than other types of brain scans. Children don’t have to lie still for an EEG to work, or be placed into an MRI tube — both of which can be a challenge for a child on the spectrum.
“This is really an important way of looking objectively” at the brain of someone with autism, Miranda said.
It’s nearly summer, the end of the school season, in the United States. Kids are all but out of their seats raring to go swim, play hide and go seek, linger around a round, black Webster BBQ grill and bask in the sun. Or maybe I’m thinking of parents everywhere.
In any case, it’s almost summertime everywhere except foggy, cold San Francisco (we get summer a bit later in the year) so here’s a wrap-up of what we accomplished at Bright Minds this spring. Read more »
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.
Viewers can also visit Bright Minds Institute for more information.
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 »
Dear BMI parents and prospective parents,
Although Dr. Miranda currently sees some of your children for follow-up visits in Florida, we do not offer our Brain Electrical Activity Mapping (BEAM)/Digital EEG and Evoked Potentials (DEEP) Assessment technology there. We are very excited to let you know that we will soon be inaugurating the BEAM/DEEP Assessment system in our Vero Beach office this summer! Offering our full range of services in Florida will greatly aid those of you living in the South, Midwest and along the East Coast. We look forward to more quickly and easily testing your children’s baseline cognitive performance as well as ongoing progress improvements. Read more »