Has your child suddenly developed OCD, tics, ADHD, anxiety, anorexia, or other difficult behaviors?
Sometimes the explanation for this sudden and severe onset may be as simple as a strep infection.
Beth Alison Maloney began her legal career in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Knowing the power of a true story and vowing that no child would suffer as her son had, she wrote the pivotal memoir Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD. The book reads like a novel, describing the battle it took to have her son properly diagnosed and treated for the simple strep infection that caused his “mental” illness.
On the day the book was published, she appeared on The Today Show with her fully-recovered son, and awareness of infection-triggered mental illness was pushed to the national stage. Saving Sammy received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, a “stand up and cheer” from Booklist, and was a finalist in Books for a Better Life. Ms. Maloney continued to empower parents with Childhood Interrupted: The Complete Guide to PANDAS and PANS. Parents worldwide refer to it as their bible for children afflicted with Sammy’s disorder, known by its acronym as PANDAS/PANS.
Ms. Maloney is a 2021 nominee for the Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As an advocate, she has continued to press for treatment, creating the relationships that led to establishing clinics to treat the disorders at UCLA and the University of Arkansas within the past year.
As an attorney, Ms. Maloney is nationally recognized for her expertise in “medical kidnapping” cases, a term commonly used to describe when physicians attempt to leverage CPS to have state courts remove the custody of children from parents due to medical disagreements. Ms. Maloney consults nationwide on public and private custody cases involving medically complex children.
Ms. Maloney has participated in scores of television appearances, articles, broadcast interviews, conferences, and speaking engagements in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition to The Today Show, appearances include The Doctors, Mystery Diagnosis, W5 (Canada), Fox News LA, AM Northwest, Glenn Beck, Bonnie Hunt, Good Morning LA, Fox Q13 Seattle, 207, GMA Health, and KMOX (CBS). The Wall Street Journal named her as one of “5 Things to Know About PANS.” Live interviews include NPR stations, Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio, talk radio, and internet and podcast programs. Her presentations before conferences and fundraisers include UCIrvine, International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Autism One, NE PANS/PANDAS, PANDAS Ireland, PANDAS Canada, and the Pediatric Research & Advocacy Initiative.
Ms. Maloney has brought key stories to the media, including the exposé about the collaboration between Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts DCF to have the state take custody of children over medical disagreements. The story was featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and was covered by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, and Fox News. The circumstances served as the backdrop for a 2016 UC Davis Law Review article and the 2015 New York Times op-ed piece linked here. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/opinion/sunday/the-new-child-abuse-panic.html. In 2020, the Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald covered the story of four-year-old Jaxen Steimlosk. The front page story exposed how child protection services in Maine tried to remove Jaxen, diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, from his parents custody at the behest of doctors, who baselessly asserted that his mother falsified his illness. Ms. Maloney battled CPS, three hospitals, the Spurwink organization, and a cabal of physicians and other providers in Boston and Portland. She prevented CPS from ever taking Jaxen. The in-depth article offers readers rare insight into what happens behind closed doors of child protection cases. See the link at Current News, January 27, 2020.Full Bio