Diagnosing Autism: Dr. Aditi Shankardass Weighs InThe Autism Site
Aditi Shankardass, award-winning neuroscientist, questions why we use physical symptoms to diagnose neurological problems. This, she believes, gives us a limited and fragmented picture of what’s really going on. “If it is a brain disorder, surely we need to look at the brain,” she observes.
Dr. Shankardass sought out a team of scientists at Harvard who were doing something new. Their technology involved a head-cap that recorded the electric activity of the brain in real time so the researchers could see exactly what functions the brain excelled at and had trouble with, allowing a more accurate neurological diagnosis rather than a behavior-based diagnosis.
Dr. Shankardass is now in the process of bringing the technology to India to help people with neurological disorders there.
Aditi tells us about Justin Senigar’s misdiagnosis of autism—simply because he was diagnosed based on physical symptoms versus how his brain worked! His symptoms were very similar to autism, but the cause was far different. Watch and learn more about how a simple anti-seizure medication changed his whole life!
So many people could benefit from this technology. Behavioral analysis is not good enough to accurately diagnose autism. Treatments should be targeted at the cause, not the symptoms. Check it out!