An informative TEDTalk on EEG and diagnosing developmental disorders in kids

In this TEDTalk, neuroscientist Aditi Shankardass explains how EEG technology has been used to correctly diagnose disorders like seizure in children whose symptoms have lead to mistaken diagnoses. A correct diagnosis and the needed treatment that often times follows, can make a huge impact in the lives of children and their families!

You can find the original video on the TED website here:

For more information on EEG, the different types of EEG that neurologists use in evaluating children and adults, and how to prepare if you or your child are scheduled for one, visit Noran Clinic’s EEG page at


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3 Responses to An informative TEDTalk on EEG and diagnosing developmental disorders in kids

  1. Carrie says:

    I just watched this video and would love to have my son tested – I have always felt that we needed to look at his brain to truly understand what was causing his developmental delays. And up until now, I didn’t know if it was possible. My only problem is that we live in Idaho. Do you know of any center/clinic/hospital in the Idaho/Utah area where we could get this service? Thanks so much for all you do to help parents find the answers they need. 🙂

    • nora8584 says:

      Hello Carrie,

      We are glad that you found this shared talk to be helpful! Our recommendation is to check with your son’s primary doctor to see if there are any pediatric neurologists in your area. EEG is a common tool for neurologists to use in diagnosing or ruling out epileptic episodes (among other things), which can take on many different forms. Neurologists will either be able to provide this service in their clinic, or will be able to order it in a hospital or other facility in the area. If you have concerns that there may be something more going on with your son, just a consult with a neurologist may be helpful to either confirm any diagnosis he already has, or lead to a more accurate idea of what may be going on. Depending upon his medical history and symptoms, there may be other tests appropriate to help in his evaluation, and a neurologist would be the best person to help determine what is necessary.

  2. Katja says:

    his aura is hard to describe but he usullay gets a bad taste in his mouth first. Within 30 seconds he has a feeling that starts in his brain and goes all the way down his body. He says he can still think just fine and knows what’s happening around him but he just can’t communicate back to anyone. If he’s around people, (this is weird) he says that it feels like people are moving in slow motion around him and that everyone is looking at him and talking about him. We know that after a short time, if nothing is done to stop the seizure, he can’t answer our questions appropriately, giving yes or no answers only. Eventually he can’t even form those words.What we can do to stop the seizure now is use a magnet. Mike had a Vagus Nerve Stimulator implanted in his chest. This is an impulse generator that sends impulses to the brain that cut down on the frequency and severity of seizures. Mike has a magnet that he can place over the stimulator when he feels his aura and that sends extra stimulus to the brain which many times will abort the seizure. If that doesn’t work, he has a prescription for rectal valium called Diastat. All of this keeps him out of the ER and his seizures very manageable. Many kids grow out of their seizures especially if they were of febrile origin. The Epilepsy Therapy Project is a great resource for parents as far as new treatments and meds go so you may want to google that. And there are many wonderful neurologists out there, just as there are many who aren’t so hot. Be sure to research them until you find the right match for your family. Good luck and feel free to e-mail if you have more questions. There’s lots of support out here.

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