The Answers to Autism May Be Inside the Mind

Miranda was asked about the fact that so many doctors might say, "Yes, this technology is great, but we don't know enough about what we're seeing to recommend that this be the norm."

Miranda said it's time that more neurologists learn to look for problems in kids' brains.

"We neurologists are experts in the brain," he replied. "The brain is the integral part of our body for behavior. So we need to look at that in detail in our children. If not, we're not doing anyone a favor."

In the end, parental instinct is key. Paula and Todd Senigar are thankful they never gave up their search, but are plagued by video they have of Justin at age 2. What they thought was daydreaming was almost certainly seizures. And they are angry and confused that the top neurologist Justin saw when he was 4 never did any tests. These physicians never even suggested to them that this could be in fact, seizures.

"I feel like we lost out on a lot of time and development for him," Todd said.

"That's the one thing we can't get back no matter what," Paula said. " We can't get those years back to try to."

At that point Paula started crying, and asked to take a break.

But half an hour later, as Justin prepared for his karate class, his favorite activity, she brightened.

Later, watching him in the studio with Todd, they realized that moments like these, with Justin calmly doing his moves and talking to the class, would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Justin now participates in the same afterschool activity as his older sister, Jordan.

In fact, he was even called on to recite the school creed.

"Amongst my brothers and sisters," he started, "I profess to live my life in a positive manner, to respect my self." He got through every word like that of any 8-year-old.

Paula is convinced that Justin will grow up to be an artist -- a talented one at that. He enjoys drawing his favorite pizza restaurant. And most importantly, he paints a portrait of his family -- one that has gone through so much, but sees a brighter and more colorful picture for the future.

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