Working in the Autism World
A word from Dr. Rooman Ahad, MD - Pediatric Neurology
There is hope. Hope is the word that drives us. It drives us to do our best and be our best every day. Hope is what makes me love what I do- working with a very special group of young individuals every day. My favorite part of it all is serving the needs of our autism community.
When I was training to be a child neurologist I knew there was more I wanted to do with my special needs patient base. I worked on doing a second fellowship in autism and neurobehavioral disorders at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. This training helped me to be the clinician I am today. Working with children and families with special needs is not a job or a career- it’s a desire and a calling. It feels great to wake up everyday and know that you will make a difference In peoples lives and give them hope for a better and brighter tomorrow. My philosophy is always- the human brain is amazing and is able to do amazing things everyday. I never say never when parents ask me what their child may be able to do. There are some cases that are tougher than others, some days that we see more ill children than others- but when it comes to the world of autism, we know there is hope and we take it one day at a time. I am so proud to work at the Ackerman Autism Center and with UNLV Pediatrics to help these amazing families. It gives me hope for the future of our special needs children as well as the future of medicine here in Las Vegas.