Children with Mysterious Symptoms
and Rare Diagnoses

helping children with mysterious symptoms photoOver the years, Steven Wertz has worked with a number of children who have obvious challenges without fitting well into any diagnostic criterion. We live in a culture in which we attempt to label the child’s condition so that we can feel as if we know what is going on and how to help. For children who have highly unusual symptoms, the process of trying to obtain a diagnosis can become artificial. And yet, children who do not fit neatly into specific diagnostic categories often fail to receive the help they need.

We focus on assessing the child developmentally, identifying individual strengths and difficulties and creating custom-designed programs, one child at a time. For us, the absence of a diagnosis is not a problem. We do not work with diagnoses. We work with individuals.

There can be tremendous differences between people with the same diagnosis. Because we assess each person individually, we have had success in working with a number of children who have a variety of uncommon diagnoses.

Very specifically, Steven has worked with a number of girls diagnosed with Rett Syndrome (RS). We are very familiar with the special challenges of RS, and also how different each child can be with this diagnosis.

Steven Also Has Experience
Working With Children Diagnosed With...

  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Brain Injury (BI), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • ADHD
  • Landau Kleffner Syndrome – (LKS, Acquired epileptiform Aphasia)
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Dancing Eyes – Dancing Feet Syndrome (Opsoclonus myoclonus)
  • Dandy Walker Syndrome
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  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • DiGeorge Syndrome in children
  • Goldenhar Syndrome
  • Hurler Syndrome
  • Lennox Gastaut Syndrome
  • Mytochondrial Myopathies
  • Tourette Syndrome in children
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome (with autism)
  • PANDAS
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome in children
We have also had experience working with children with a number of other difficulties in combination with autism spectrum disorder. We have worked with children who have:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Blindness
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Deafness
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Epilepsy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Autism in combination with epilepsy, dysgraphia, dyslexia, hypotonia, hypertonia, ADHD, Apraxia, Dyspraxia, aphasia, etc.

Getting Started

We offer a 4-session, distance Consultation Series (by internet and phone) for parents interested in experiencing our services to decide if we are a good fit for your needs.

Our In-Person Programs begin with training (typically 5 days) for parents, their child and any support people the parents may wish to include. They continue with 6 months of distance follow up and training by phone and video conferencing. While there are strong advantages to conducting the initial in-person training at our Broomfield, Colorado offices, we have limited openings for families whose circumstances make it necessary to hold the training in your home.

We also offer training entirely at a distance (Internet and phone) for situations in which the family’s needs can be sufficiently addressed without in-person services. This tends to work best when the parents have already had previous training and experience in working with their child at home.

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