Notes from Queena's First Visit with Dr. LambosHere is a summary of notes from our visit with Dr. Lambos last night...
- He did make some valid points. Starting with the report, we looked at the chart p.7. This shows (and is repeated in the text of the report) that Queena has brain function in all the 19 areas at which sensors were attached. Function is low, but there is activity and brain waves. Her brain is continuing to function, but "at a reduced level." Dr. Lambos explained here that (looking at the two small charts on the side of p. 7), Queena's brain function - though low - remains mostly within one standard deviation of the median. That is encouraging. Standard deviation is a way of measuring averages in the population. The middle line is the exact median - or mean - of the population (I believe). This is looking at the bottom small chart on page 7. If you draw a line above the median (about 3/4 inch) and one below (about 3/4 inch) that marks one "standard deviation" from the norm, above and below that norm. As we said, nearly 80% of Queena's wave activity falls within this one standard deviation, above and below the median, or mean. So that means that, although brain activity is "low," she is in the ballpark. If most of her brain activity fell below or above those lines, she would be in the very smallest group, perhaps 5% of people, and this would not be as encouraging. So that was encouraging. Her neurons are not dead.
- The next few charts, page 8 and 9, purport to show where most of her brain activity takes place. This is in the frontal section, or what Dr. Lambos called the "executive" section. He said there is very little activity (red) in the back section. This could be due to either of two reasons: one, her frontal section could be working like crazy ("overheating") to compensate for what the rest of the brain has not picked up with yet, or two, her frontal section could be what is left in working condition. (not enough neural tissue left in those back areas to function) He does not know which is the reason. But her frontal section appears to be where the majority of brain activity is taking place.
- Page 9, more of what we saw on page 8. The blue and the red indicate "out of the norm" reactions. Same as above, more activity (red) in the front, less (blue) in the back of her brain.
Dr. Lambos' summary:
- she does have brain wave activity
- her brain wave activity is not that far out of whack compared to the norm (within one standard deviation above or below the mean)
- "others similarly compromised have shown improvement"
- He recommends no fewer than 10 wks (20 treatments) and then reevaluation --
He has been in business here for seven years and has treated four others who have been as "compromised" as Queena, with some results. He told us 10%-60% improvement, but the report ( p. 6) says 10%-20% improvement.
William A. Lambos, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, is the Chief Cognitive Neuroscientist and Director of Clinical Assessment at CNS Wellness in Tampa. He received a doctorate in Psychology, a master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, and a postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. He uses an EEG technique called quantitative electroencephalography, or QEEG, that takes a standard EEG test of electrical activity in the brain and runs it through a computer that compares it hundreds of "normal" EEGs. He has been working with Queena for over two years now, and it has been a very helpful therapy.
Vanna, Queena's Mom
Vanna, Queena's Mom
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