Our interdisciplinary team has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with disorders of consciousness from infancy through adolescence.
Members of this team include:
- Physicians: Pediatricians and pediatric rehabilitation medicine physicians oversee medical management and rehabilitation, including addressing conditions such as 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 provide systematic evaluation of a patient’s arousal and responsiveness through the use of standardized clinical assessment techniques and individualized measurements. Neuropsychologists gather information that is used to evaluate the effectiveness of current medication and therapeutic interventions.
- Behavioral Psychologists: Behavioral psychologists analyze data about a patient’s sleep to determine the need for medical or environmental recommendations to improve daytime arousal and nighttime sleep. Our behavioral psychologists also obtain information from family members and therapists regarding a patient’s likes and dislikes. These preferences are systematically evaluated and incorporated into daily therapy as motivators.
- Rehabilitation Therapists: Physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists with expertise in disorders of consciousness work intensively with patients to address goals related to swallowing, functional mobility, optimal positioning, functional communication, and responsiveness.