About one month after treatment begins, your child will come to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center for a follow-up appointment. These take longer than a routine doctor’s appointment—typically one to two hours.
During the first year of treatment, your child will return to the clinic on a regular schedule, usually about four times a year. During every follow-up visit, your child will be seen by a nurse practitioner, who will focus on medical issues such as seizure control and medication side effects, and a clinical psychologist, who will focus on how your child is doing in areas such as mood, behavior and learning. They communicate frequently with our epileptologists, who are available to answer questions and provide guidance as needed.
Your child will undergo blood work at most follow-up visits. At some visits, the psychologist will provide a screening to help identify any problems that may need to be addressed.