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Can someone help me understand what frontal lobe atrophy means?


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I am looking into adopting a special needs child, she is 4 years old however her medical report says she has frontal lobe atrophy. She is diagnosed as being hyperactive  and also intellectually impaired.  I would be grateful for any help
 
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The meaning for you that her frontal lobes are under-developed is that she will likely have fewer "executive skills" as she ages -- planning, organization, problem-solving, attention, impulse-control, emotional regulation, etc. You can already see some of this in the "hyperactivity" (lack of focused attention, high distractibility) and the poorer problem-solving that would be called "intellectual impairment" from testing.<a href="http://baidu.com"> Cheap Rosetta Stone</a>

That is a big question, but the shortest possible answer is that it means her frontal lobes are under-developed for her age -- either because of a health condition or genetically.

The meaning for you that her frontal lobes are under-developed is that she will likely have fewer "executive skills" as she ages -- planning, organization, problem-solving, attention, impulse-control, emotional regulation, etc. You can already see some of this in the "hyperactivity" (lack of focused attention, high distractibility) and the poorer problem-solving that would be called "intellectual impairment" from testing.

Depending on the cause, she may be able to develop some of these skills with lots and lots of practice and structure and/or you may need "to be her frontal lobes" for her lifetime.

There is a neurofeedback technique called pirHEG, where the brain is encouraged to increase blood flow (oxygen/nutrition) to the fromtal lobes and improve their functioning, but this would require her to be able to cooperate with the training. You can read more about one type of HEG here , another here, and  a comparison of the two types here.

Hope that helps!

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