Dr. Bonnie Klein-Tasman has been studying the cognitive and attention difficulties in young children with NF l. She will describe the cognitive and learning difficulties that has been faced for individuals with NF1 in the later childhood, adolescent, and adult years are also evident in some children earlier in childhood.
Her study has yielded comprehensive descriptive information about the areas in which young children with NF1 may show difficulties in comparison to the general population. This information is vital to parents and to professionals working with young children with NF1 and will assist them in determining developmental targets for early intervention plans. Individuals with NF1 are at significant risk for learning and attention problems that have vast effects on ultimate psychosocial functioning, educational attainment, and employment options. Early identification of difficulties can set the stage for interventions and supports to maximize functioning