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Brain injuries, developmental disorders are topics for neuropsychologistís visit to Dordt College

March 29, 2012

“Several years ago the Center for Disease Control estimated that an average of one in 110 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder,” said neuropsychologist Dr. Lance Reinke. “This not only raises concern regarding how this statistic became so high, but also regarding the potential causes for these developmental delays.”

The Dordt College psychology department will host a lecture by Reinke, a pediatric and adult neuropsychologist in the Chicagoland area, at 7 p.m., Monday, April 9, in SB101 in the Dordt College Science and Technology Center. Reinke will discuss this alarming statistic and shed light on other neurological problems.

In the first 45 minutes of his talk, Reinke will focus on traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, where he’ll discuss what to be mindful of when experiencing a head injury, where to go for treatment, the warning signs of a poor prognosis, and when to return to work, school, or competition following an injury. After a 15-minute intermission, at 8 p.m. Reinke will discuss childhood developmental disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other learning disorders. The public is welcome to come for all or part of the lecture.

Dordt College Psychology Professor Dr. Natalie Sandbulte says Reinke will help people think about these disorders and injuries in new ways and will shed light on the latest research and treatment options. “This information is a vital part of understanding how creation continues to unfold and develop, and it can open our eyes to the role that we as Christians can play in the redemptive process as we work to understand, treat, and love people who struggle with these problems,” she said.

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