As a child neurologist, it became clear to me that there was a general lack of understanding with regards to the causes and treatments of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Because of this, I pursued specific training after I finished my child neurology and pediatric residencies and completed two fellowships, one in Behavioral Neurology and Learning Disabilities and other one in Psychology.
During this time I was struck by the parents who wished to better understand the cause of their child’s disorder and to pursue effective treatments for their children. Most parents were told that there were no medical treatments for children to correct their underlying medical condition. But these parents did not accept such answers.
As I learned more, I found that there were many causes of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Thus, I started to take a close look at medical abnormalities that could be treated. Amazingly I found that some children actually started to improve with simple, safe medical treatments.