Monday, December 18, 2017

Ten Symptoms of Psychoneurological Disorders

How do the Parents of Children with Psychoneurological Disorders Describe These Ten Basic Symptoms?

For information on testing your child with Psychoneurological Disorders, contact Dr. Paul Cates at 828-435-0670 .

Here are common term used by parents we have worked with: 

1. Hyperactivity or Hypoactivity. “He’s constantly on the go.” “His motor is always running.” “He’s always into something.” “He’s like Read the rest...

Spend a Day with Mikey

Spend A Day With Mikey

This is a hypothetical case. Any similarity to a real situation is purely coincidental.

Mikey is eight years old. He is small for his age and has few friends. It is seven o’clock in the morning and Mikey is already in trouble.

Mikey has not yet established good sleeping habits and he Read the rest...

Learning Disability Statistics

A Few Learning Disability Statistics:

  • Less than 2% of first graders have an organic eye problem (Getman in the PHYSIOLOGY OF READINESS)
  • 25% of first graders have a functional visual problem of some sort (estimated by Spache; same percentage as in Harmon’s study in Houston, Texas. W=160,000) (Peoria, Illinois, study indicated 23.8%)
  • 40% of fifth graders have a visual
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Learning Disorders and the Pre-School Child

Learning Disorders and the Pre-school Child

The time to look for children with what we call learning disabilities is early. By early we mean age 5 or earlier and not until ages 7 – 10 or the preschool age. We can then identify “high risk” children early and give them top priority in looking for learning disorders. To learn Read the rest...

Learning Disorders and the Kindergarten

Learning Disorders and the Kindergarten Child

Some things observed in your child at the Kindergarten level may indicate a need to check out possible perceptual learning problems. Not all of the things that I talk about will be found in any one child nor does the presence of any one of these things, or a few of them, necessarily Read the rest...

Heaven’s Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from earth
“It’s time again for another birth”
Said the angel to the Lord above,
“This special child will need much love.”

His progress may seem very slow,
Accomplishment he may not show.
And he’ll require extra care
From the folks he meets way down there.

He may not run or laugh or play… Read the rest...



As an educator for over thirty five years, I have taken special notice of the number of children who are labeled “learning disabled” “dyslexic” or are placed in “special education classes”. In most cases the problem is an inability to read.

Professionals tell the parents that a brain abnormality “dyslexia” is the cause of their child’s reading Read the rest...

I was just thinking

Random Thoughts and Pithy Platitudes about ADD

  1. It’s only a disorder if it’s messing up your life.
  2. If it’s not messing up your life, then it is not a disorder.
  3. Do not allow a label to control your life.
  4. Labels are useful for identifying groups of people. They are useless when discussing an individual person.
  5. I’ve seen Normal. I’m not
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The Annotated Symptoms of ADD/ADHD

The Annotated Symptoms of ADD/ADHD


A Typical ADD person . . . . .

1. The ADDer is unable to get organized.

For a child, this might mean that he cannot find his pencil, or his homework or his coat or anything else that is not attached to his little body. In fact, sometimes even having the object attached Read the rest...

Is there any biological basis for ADD/ADHD?

The search for a biological basis is the heart of the debate on whether or not ADD is a legitimate diagnosis. The problem has been that until recently, results have been inconclusive and in some cases contradictory.

Research by Zametkin, who pioneered the use of PET imaging in ADD patients, seems to indicate that the ADD brain has a strong Read the rest...

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