New-Onset Seizure Clinic Seeks to Decrease Wait Time for Initial Evaluation


A child’s first unprovoked seizure is one of the most common problems referred to pediatric neurologists. This affects up to 40,000 children each year. While most of these patients will never have a second seizure, it is a frightening time for the family as they await diagnostic workup and neurology consultation. To help expedite care, … Continue reading New-Onset Seizure Clinic Seeks to Decrease Wait Time for Initial Evaluation

Physiatry Addition to Cook Children’s Comprehensive Neurorehabilitation Program


Cook Children’s Neurosciences Center has long provided comprehensive rehabilitation services to children through our state-of-the-art Neurorehabilitation Unit, Motion Lab, and multispecialty clinics for cerebral palsy, spasticity, movement disorders, stroke, and neuromuscular disease. Starting August 2019, Cook Children’s Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center will expand our neurorehabilitation services with the addition of Pediatric Physiatrist Kristen … Continue reading Physiatry Addition to Cook Children’s Comprehensive Neurorehabilitation Program

Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes


 It is well known that early-life epilepsies (ELEs) are associated with poor outcomes including intractable or drug-resistant seizures, developmental and cognitive disabilities, poor regulation of other functions controlled by the nervous system, as well as increased risk for mortality. Early-life epilepsies are defined by a diagnosis of epilepsy greater than 28 days of life and … Continue reading Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes

A Tandem Approach to Treating Craniosynostosis


At Cook Children’s, we feel the best way to correct a birth defect called craniosynostosis is with a little teamwork. The sutures on an infant’s skull are active areas of skull growth designed to accommodate the rapid growth of the neonate brain. In the first six months the head will grow about ½ to 1 … Continue reading A Tandem Approach to Treating Craniosynostosis

My Child Had A Stroke, What Should I Do?


If your child has had a stroke, they may have challenges ahead that not only affect them, but the entire family. Family members can suffer from depression and anxiety and may need help. That is why Cook Children’s offers a quarterly support group to help families connect with other parents and children who have been … Continue reading My Child Had A Stroke, What Should I Do?

Signs Of A Stroke


B.E. F.A.S.T. can help parents, health care providers, and caregivers recognize the signs of stroke in children. Understand the challenges children face after they have had a stroke, and how to assist them. Cook Children’s stroke team helps with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Our stroke support groups provide learning and emotional support for children and … Continue reading Signs Of A Stroke

Pediatric Strokes And Cognitive Functioning


Childhood stroke survivors often have difficulty moving and paying attention. Depending how old the child is and how severe the stroke is, the child may have problems immediately. Issues such as organizing thoughts and solving problems, may not be seen until a child gets older. View the video to learn more. We’re here to help. … Continue reading Pediatric Strokes And Cognitive Functioning

Academic Help For A Child With Neurological Conditions


Developing a formal plan between the parent and teacher can help make the child’s school day go smoother. For students requiring small academic adjustments, use a section 504 plan. Students with more complicated needs will have a Full and Individual Evaluation, or FIE, through the school. If larger academic needs are identified, an Individual Education … Continue reading Academic Help For A Child With Neurological Conditions

BE FAST to recognize the signs of Pediatric Stroke


Cook Children’s Stroke and Thrombosis Program co-directors Marcela Torres, M.D., Medical Director, Hematology Program, and Fernando Acosta Jr., M.D., Neurology, talk about the causes of pediatric stroke and the importance of the two specialties collaborating to improve awareness, diagnosis, treatment and risk of recurrence.