Our interdisciplinary team has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with disorders of consciousness from infancy through adolescence.
Members of this team include:
- Physicians: Neurologists, physiatrists, and developmental pediatricians with specialized experience in managing sequelae of severe brain injury, including motor dysfunction, sleep dysregulation, and impaired arousal and awareness. Special attention is given to managing medications in an effort to reduce sedating medications, while considering medications to promote arousal such as amantadine, methylphenidate, and Ambien.
- Neuropsychologists: Neuropsychologists with expertise in the assessment of children who are minimally responsive provide systematic evaluation of arousal and responsiveness through the use of standardized clinical assessment techniques as well as individualized measurements designed to evaluate each child's particular responses. Information gathered by our neuropsychologists is used to evaluate the effectiveness of current medication and therapeutic interventions.
- Behavioral Psychologists: Behavioral psychologists with expertise in functional behavioral analysis collect and analyze data about the child's sleep to determine the need for medical and/or environmental recommendations to improve day time arousal and nighttime sleep. Our behavioral psychologists also obtain information from the child's family and therapists regarding the child's likes and dislikes. These preferences are systematically evaluated to ensure that preferred items are incorporated into daily therapy as motivators.
- Rehabilitation Therapists: Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language therapists with expertise in disorders of consciousness intensively work with children to address goals related to swallowing, functional mobility, optimal positioning, functional communication and responsiveness. Although these therapies are typically found in programs traditionally known as "coma stimulation" programs, in our program they are uniquely paired with additional intensive evaluation and treatment services from other specialists.
Several team members also hold faculty appointments at both Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital.