What’s In a Name?
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
- Shakespeare’s Juliet, from her balcony
When our Juliet posed this question, she was expressing her frustration over the fact that she could not connect with Romeo because his last name was that of a rival family. Parents of children with neurological differences often face similar challenges when they cannot access needed services because of issues related to incomplete or inaccurate diagnostic labeling. The Monarch Diagnostic Clinic professionals recognize the importance of accuracy in diagnosis and use state-of-the-art methods to ensure that labels we provide are reliable and valid.
While accurate diagnostic labels do convey information that can provide access to services and lead treating professionals to make “ball park” decisions about general directions for intervention and support, no label can convey the depth of information necessary to develop a truly individualized plan of action. When one considers the complexity of many neurologically-based functional differences, such as those seen in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or mood disorders, it becomes clear that any two children sharing the same diagnostic label may have vastly different symptom presentations. For example, one child with autism may not show an interest in others, while another may crave relationships but may not know how to initiate or maintain pleasing social contact. Strategies for supporting these two children would be very different. To develop an effective treatment plan for either child requires knowing so much more than a simple diagnostic label can possibly convey.
At The Monarch Diagnostic Clinic, we take assessment of symptoms and functional challenges very seriously, knowing that the detailed information we collect in these areas will make all the difference in the quality of our recommendations and treatment plans. As a consumer of our services, you may be assured that while we are focused on providing accurate diagnoses, we also look well beyond diagnostic labels to determine workable, highly individualized support plans. We invite you to call (713.303.5842) or e-mail Stacy Reddoch (firstname.lastname@example.org) today for more information about our diagnostic clinic.