Ontario girl with autism making ‘fantastic’ progress after deep brain stimulation treatment – CTV

Jan. 6, 2023

An Ontario father says his daughter with autism spectrum disorder is making “fantastic” progress two years after starting a world-first treatment involving sending electrical signals to her brain.

Nine-year-old Ellie Tomljanovic of Barrie, Ont. had struggled with severe and dangerous self-harming behaviour. But in December 2020, she became the first patient to enrol in a study to see if deep brain stimulation could help her control her self-harming tenancies — a therapy that turned out to be a resounding success.

“I can’t put into words what it’s like for us just knowing that she knows what’s going on,” father Jason Tomljanovic said in an interview with CTV’s Your Morning on Friday. “It’s just incredible seeing how much she’s improved over the past six months.

Tomljanovic said one of the biggest changes is her ability to express her emotions as well as communicating with her parents.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ontario-girl-with-autism-making-fantastic-progress-after-deep-brain-stimulation-treatment-1.6220237

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