We hosted a panel discussion with the authors of Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis, about PANS, PANDAS and Autoimmune Encephalitis.

PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) is a newer diagnosis that your child’s pediatrician or psychiatrist may not be aware of.

It is a disorder that is loosely defined as a sudden onset of acute anxiety and mood variability accompanied by OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and/or tics.

PANS includes not only PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections), but also diagnoses such as Lyme disease, OCD and ODD.

Another way to think of PANS, as well as any neurodevelopmental disorder such as autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and even learning disabilities, is that these disorders may fall under the larger umbrella of Autoimmune Encephalitis (AE), which is a swelling of the brain.

In this timely webinar, you’ll learn the answers to these questions:

  • What are PANS, PANDAS and Autoimmune Encephalitis?
  • What are the symptoms of these disorders?
  • Why do so many kids these days have these disorders?
  • How do you test for these disorders?
  • What treatments are available?
  • How can I get help for my child if I suspect this is an issue?

This panel included:

Beth Lambert

Beth LambertBeth Lambert is the Executive Director of Epidemic Answers and its Documenting Hope Project.

Beth is a former healthcare consultant and teacher.

As a consultant, she worked with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and other health care companies to evaluate industry trends.

She is the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications, 2010).

In 2009, Beth founded Epidemic Answers and currently serves as Executive Director.

Beth attended Oxford University and graduated from Williams College and holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Fairfield University.

She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. Beth is also the mother of three young children.

Maria Rickert Hong CHHC

Maria Rickert HongMaria Rickert Hong is Epidemic Answers’ Education and Media Director.

Maria is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who specializes in helping parents making dietary and lifestyle changes for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune and more.

She also helps tired mothers of special-needs children reclaim their energy.

Maria has recovered her sons from SPD, asthma and acid reflux, and is the author of Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners.

She writes many of the pages and posts on our website and elsewhere.

Maria is a former sell-side Wall Street equity research analyst covering the oil services sector at Salomon Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers.

Later, she covered the gaming, lodging & leisure sector at Jefferies & Co. and Calyon Securities.

She quit working on Wall Street when her first son was born.

Prior to working on Wall Street, she was a marketing specialist for Halliburton in New Orleans, where she also received her MBA in Finance & Strategy from Tulane University.

You can find out more about Maria at her website www.MariaRickertHong.com

Roseann Capanna-Hodge EdD, LPC, BCN

Roseann Capanna-HodgeDr. Roseann is a Connecticut Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Provider, with more than 20 years working with children, teens, adults and parents.

She answered her calling to be a psychologist, and currently has private practice offices in Ridgefield and Newtown, CT, where the focus is on neurofeedback, counseling and assessment for a variety of issues and conditions.

After seeing individuals and families suffer with unsuccessful attempts at traditional therapies, Dr. Roseann became passionate about using highly effective research-based, holistic, non-medication and brain-based therapies to alleviate stress and suffering, bringing children and adults to a point of wellness.

Dr. Roseann is a well-respected BCN practitioner who is a popular and sought after speaker.

She serves on the Board of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society.

You can find out more about Dr. Roseann at her website www.drroseann.com

Jennifer Giustra-Kozek LPC, HpN, RMT

Jennifer is the author of Healing Without Hurting and a board-certified psychotherapist.

She has a Masters of Science in Counseling and is certified in integrative medicine for mental health.

She has extensive experience in private practice and specializes in working with ADHD, depression, anxiety/OCD, and autism.

As an accomplished psychotherapist with years of experience, she is familiar with treating clients with a range of mental health issues.

She was trained by psychiatrists and worked with clients pursuing pharmaceutical treatment, but that was all put to the test when her son Evan was diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), attention deficit disorder, anxiety, motor and speech apraxia, and Sensory Processing Disorder.

By addressing the root causes of these disorders, Evan is now a healthy and well-adjusted child.

You can find out more about Jennifer at her websites www.healingwithouthurting.com and www.onyourpathtohealing.com

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This webinar is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided in this webinar.

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