A Holistic Approach to Treating Epilepsy
At the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, our team takes a holistic approach. This is important, because epilepsy and the therapies used to treat it can affect many aspects of a child’s life—physical, psychological and social.
The members of our highly specialized team work together to evaluate each child’s condition from multiple perspectives.
- Neurologists who specialize in epilepsy care meet with patients and families during their first visit. They lead the multidisciplinary team in creating an individualized treatment plan and sharing it with the family.
- Nurse practitioners hold advanced degrees and have extensive experience in caring for children with epilepsy. After patients have been diagnosed and have started their treatment plan, these nurse practitioners provide follow-up care in the clinic. Our physicians are always available when questions or concerns arise.
- Clinical psychologists are part of the initial evaluation process, and also meet with patients and families at every follow-up visit. Their expertise is essential, since children with epilepsy are at increased risk for difficulties in learning, attention, development, mood and behavior. A psychologist screens each patient regularly to identify any problems early, when treatment often can be most successful.
- Our clinical pharmacist monitors each patient’s medications. This is especially helpful for patients with hard-to-control seizures and for those who are taking medications for other health concerns, since their drug regimens can be quite complex.
- A genetic counselor meets with families when it seems that the child’s epilepsy may be caused by genetic factors. She asks questions about the family’s health history and explains what genetic testing involves. The results of genetic testing can help the team determine which type of treatment will be most beneficial for the child.
- Dietitians support patients and families who are interested in adopting a ketogenic diet.
- Social workers help families address non-medical obstacles to care. This can include anything from helping them obtain financial assistance to meeting with a school nurse to discuss the child’s care plan.