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Dr. Margaret B. Pulsifer

Margaret B. Pulsifer, PhD

Dr. Margaret Pulsifer: Tuberous sclerosis is unique because so many of the children that we see have brain involvement that can affect cognition and learning. So that a neuropsychological evaluation is important to identify what, what areas a child might be at risk at, for developmental delay or learning issues. About 50 percent of kids with TSC will meet criteria for attention deficit disorder. Another large part of kids with TSC will have autistic like behaviors. And then there will be learning issues, with reading comprehension, written language difficulties that need to be assessed, and linked up with the services that can help these children overcome some of these difficulties. Early intervention services are important for children with tuberous sclerosis, because the earlier that they're identified with weaknesses, the earlier the services can be provided, and early services have more of an impact on a child's development, because the brain is starting to develop and is more amenable to treatment. Meaning that the change will have more of an impact on the child being able to optimize their, their abilities. The goal for individuals with tuberous sclerosis complex is to fulfill their potential, to be the best that they can be, with the resources and the abilities that they've been given. And by providing them with early intervention services, and then school age children with other types of interventions, including behavior management, individual counseling, and special education instruction, children should be able to maximize what their potential is.