Learning from EEG

An electrical recording of activity in the brain, an Electroencephlogram (EEG) can help identify unusual patterns or abnormalities that may be used to diagnose a disorder or manage a medical problem. 


Diagnosing Seizure Disorders

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that usually results in people having seizures. When a person has a seizure, it can simply mean they experience a change in sensation, awareness or behavior. Although seizures may look different, all epileptic seizures occur due to a sudden change in how the cells of the brain send electrical signals to each other.

The Epilepsy Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society are the leading sources for consumer information on epilepsy and seizure disorders. You can locate one of their member physicians in your area with specialization in the field of seizure disorders and epilepsy.

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Help with Behavioral and Developmental Disorders and Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain, making it difficult for children to communicate and interact with others.

Autistic children may demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics: 

  • May excessively line up toys or stack objects 
  • May have a preoccupation with a particular topic 
  • May have problems making friends 
  • May appear to be in their own world 
  • May flap their arms to tell you they are happy
  • May lose language or social skills they once had 
  • May seem to be hearing impaired 
  • May not want to look you in the eye when you talk to them 
  • May not babble, point or make meaningful gestures by one year of age 
  • May not speak one word by 16 months of age
  • May not respond to their name

Initial & Routine Screening

Parents should make sure their child’s physician begins monitoring for signs of autism at 12 months of age, as some cases can be detected and signs may be evident before 18 months of age. 

Special attention should be paid to the child’s development between 18 and 24 months of age, a period during which many cases of autism become detectable. With each check-up or visit, parents should make sure their child’s physician is screening for autism to assess the early communication, play and behavioral signs. By questioning the parents and directly observing the child in the office, the physician can assess any emerging signs of autism.

Diagnostic & Treatment Services

The main goal is timely referral of children at high risk for autism to pediatric neurologists or other physician behavioral and development specialists for diagnostic or treatment services. Parents should be aware that long waiting lists exist for these services in many regions across the country. Experience has shown that almost all children initially suspected of having ASD have some form of developmental delay, whether diagnosed with Autism/ASD or not.

Talk to your child’s physician about taking advantage of intervention services available in your community. DigiTrace Ambulatory EEG Testing Research has shown that 24-hour ambulatory EEG is effective in determining if underlying EEG abnormalities worsens the behavioral or developmental disorder, thus allowing the physician to better understand the condition.

Find a DigiTrace Site Near You

We have hundreds of DigiTrace EEG Testing Centers across the nation. DigiTrace is a division of SleepMed Inc, a diagnostic company specializing in sleep disorders, seizure disorders and autism. To find the nearest Center to you, use our site finder on this website. Click on “EEG Test” and your state. A list will appear of Centers with their address and phone number. Our Centers are located in hospitals, neurology clinics or diagnostic testing centers.

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