Brief Behavioral Intervention for Disruptive Behavior in a Child with a Hypothalamic Hamartoma: A Case Report

Rachel H Fein, Gabrielle G Banks, Marsha N Gragert, Marni E Axelrad
Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 2018 November 23
Most children with hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) manifest symptoms of epilepsy and associated cognitive deficits and behavioral difficulties as well as central precocious puberty (CPP). However, there is little to no research examining behavioral difficulties in children with HH without epilepsy, nor is there research examining treatments to address the behavioral difficulties of patients with HH without epilepsy. In the current case report, the authors implemented a validated parent management training program [the Brief Behavioral Intervention (BBI)], to treat symptoms of ADHD and disruptive behavior in a 6-year-old female patient with HH and CPP. The family participated in six BBI sessions over a period of 8 weeks. Parent behavioral ratings suggested significant reductions of symptoms of ADHD and disruptive behaviors to the normal range. The current case report demonstrates the effectiveness of the BBI program in the treatment of behavioral difficulties in a patient with HH and CPP. Further, the present study explores behavioral manifestations rarely explored in patients with HH without epilepsy.

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