Benefits of brain scans for children

Family Therapist Haley Figueroa, MA, LMFT, shares advice for parents on how having a brain can can benefit your child with behavioral problems
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Benefits of brain scans for children

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What children with behavioral problems can benefit from having a brain scan? So this could be pretty much any behavioral issue that your child is struggling with on a regular basis, they most likely could benefit from a brain scan. Especially if you're considering taking them in for an evaluation somewhere to get diagnosed or they've already received a diagnosis, the brain scan can really help with identifying areas of the brain that are working too hard or aren't working hard enough. SO this will give you more information for what type of treatment you need to take, and making sure that it's not making your child worse. We just recently did a study at the Amen Clinics where other doctors outside of our clinic used the spect brain scans that we do to find out if it would help, and they found out that 8 out of 10 times it actually changed the course of their treatment. So I would recommend if you are concerned at all about your child and their behavior, that you could use this approach to help gain more information and find out what's going on with your child.

Family Therapist Haley Figueroa, MA, LMFT, shares advice for parents on how having a brain can can benefit your child with behavioral problems

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Haley Figueroa, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Brain Health Educator

Haley provides patients at the world-renowned Amen Clinics with in-depth psycho-social assessments, brain health education, parenting courses and Marriage and Family Therapy counseling. She has more than a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of environments including school and clinical settings. Haley also has specialized training in conflict resolution, lifestyle and weight management, relationship enhancements, and parenting. Creator of My Baby is Christian, a learning and spiritual development system for young children, Haley has taught several courses at the Amen Clinics, including a 12-week Anxiety and Depression group, Love and Logic parenting, and Amen Clinic’s Two-Day Brain Health Course. She also authors a parenting blog. Haley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University. A wife and mother of three, she is passionate about helping individuals and families reach their goals, enhance their relationships and achieve optimal brain health!

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