SUP­PORT­IVE CARE VI­TAL

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Star­ship chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal pae­di­atric neu­rol­o­gist Claire Spooner says the con­di­tion is an ab­nor­mal­ity in the process of the brain’s cell mi­gra­tion.

‘‘It af­fects about one in 100,000 chil­dren world­wide and about 20 Kiwi young­sters,’’ she says.

‘‘Some chil­dren re­main re­sis­tant to treat­ment while oth­ers with a mild form are able to walk and talk.’’

Spooner says while there is no cure, sup­port­ive care is vi­tal to max­imise a child’s po­ten­tial.

‘‘It’s about pro­vid­ing as much sup­port as pos­si­ble for the chil­dren, their fam­i­lies and ed­u­ca­tors.’’

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