Kennedy Krieger Institute provides individualized care for children with epilepsy and seizures from a team of specialists through evaluation, testing, treatment and counseling.
Who We Are:
Kennedy Krieger Institute provides individualized care for children with epilepsy and seizures from a team of specialists through evaluation, testing, treatment and counseling. We offer the most advanced neuroimaging testing available, including electroencephalogram (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and neuropyschological and neurogenetic testing. Our team works to provide a diagnosis that leads to a personalized treatment plan for each child.
Who We Serve:
We evaluate and treat infants, children and adolescents of all ages and cognitive abilities. While some of our patients have mild neurological disorders, many have more pervasive disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability and as a result have a higher risk for epilepsy. Our clinicians are particularly experienced in managing and treating chronic and severe disabilities in children.
Our interdisciplinary team consists of physicians, nurses, genetic counselors, researchers, neuropsychologists, and other professionals with a range of specialties, including:
- Child neurology
- Neurodevelopmental disabilities
- Cognitive and behavioral neurology
- Medical genetics
As part of our comprehensive care model, our team collaborates closely with other specialists for optimal care for each patient, including: endocrinology, speech pathology, psychiatry and psychology, neuropsychology, physical and occupational therapy, and pediatric rehabilitation medicine. These collaborations allow our patients to see multiple specialists all in one convenient location.
Our Treatment Approach:
The epilepsy team is equipped with advanced technology and expertise to provide cutting edge diagnosis and treatment options. Options to eliminate seizures or to reduce their frequency and severity include medications and specialized dietary therapy. Surgical options for seizures that don’t respond to medication or diet are also available in partnership with The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Because epilepsy is a complex condition, an accurate diagnosis is critical. Prior to developing an individualized treatment plan, a thorough neurological assessment is given to each child or adolescent. This includes a medical and seizure history, a neurogenetics evaluation and diagnostic tests like an EEG or MRI. With an accurate diagnosis, our team will determine which therapeutic options would be the most effective.
Expertise in Diagnostic Testing:
We offer both outpatient and inpatient EEG testing. Inpatient testing is done through our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Our technologists have extensive experience working with children with disabilities, and take pride in working with families to ensure the study is recorded properly. As a result, we have a high rate of success recording EEGs, even on children who have behavioral challenges. Our physicians are board-certified in pediatrics, child neurology, neurodevelopmental disabilities, sleep medicine and clinical neurophysiology. They work with the referring doctor to get the most information out of the testing appointment, so that your child's doctor can make the most informed decisions possible.