Entries by Dr. Greg Stasi

ADHD and Executive Functioning Resource Guide

Are you looking for more information on ADHD or Executive Functioning?  Read on for top picks from our Neuropsychologist. Top Resources for Information on ADHD and Executive Functioning: Taking Charge of ADHD:  The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents.  Barkley, Russell (2013): This book provides parents with evidence based interventions regarding ADHD.  It is well written and […]

Concussions are More Common in Teens than Once Thought

A research letter was published in the Journal of American Medical Association on Tuesday, June 25 which summarized findings from a recent Canadian study examining concussions in teenagers.  The Canadian research team found that concussion rates in adolescents are much higher than previously thought. What is the prevalence of concussions in teens? 1 out of […]

ADHD and Learning: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’s Impact on Learning

Many children with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder exhibit significant concerns with regard to their academic achievement.  Research has demonstrated that a lot of children with the diagnosis also have a co-existing diagnosis of a learning disability.  However, even children without a separate learning disability diagnosis are also at risk for struggling with […]

What is Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi Syndrome is a congenital disorder that is caused by a missing gene on part of chromosome 15. These children are found to  have cognitive skills in the below average to mild mental retardation range. Physical symptoms associated with Prader-Willi include: Newborns often present with low tone Almond shaped eyes Delayed motor development Short stature […]

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome is one of the most common forms of inherited intellectual disability in children.  This condition arises by a mutation in a single gene on the X chromosome.  Both males and females can have Fragile X; however, as males have only one X chromosome, they are usually affected more severely and show poorer […]

Questions About Medication For Children

For many children, therapy or accommodations are not sufficient to support their needs.  It is often that these children will need pharmacological intervention to help improve their attentional regulation, impulse control, emotional regulation and/or behavioral self control. Parents should be honest with their pediatrician about medication as well as ask several questions about ensuring the […]

Nonverbal Learning Disability

The majority of learning disabilities that a child may have are language-based.  These include deficits with the child’s reading achievement as well as written expression.  Researchers have found that there is a small percentage of children that demonstrate adequate or above average verbal functioning; however, they have significant weakness with their nonverbal reasoning. Researchers and […]

Family History and Kids with Special Needs

If you have a brother, nephew, uncle or some other member in your family with certain special needs, you will want to be cautious and  mindful that many neurodevelopmental conditions have a high genetic component. Recent studies have indicated that genetics account for 70 to 80 percent of the risk of having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity […]

Risk of OCD after Childbirth

A recent article found in the Journal of Reproductive Health (March/April 2013) that was published by researchers at Northwestern University has indicated that new mothers are four-times more likely to present obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms than that of the general population. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which the individual engages in several […]

What is Down Syndrome?

Down Syndrome is thought to be the most common genetic etiology of mental retardation. This condition has been found to occur in approximately 1 in 800 live births. The genetics of the condition are such that the individual has an extra copy of chromosome 21. Physical Features Associated with Down Syndrome: Decreased muscle tone seen […]