Multispecialty Clinics

Our team offers multispecialty clinics for patients who need to see several specialists. These clinics let patients see several doctors in one visit.

How to make an appointment

Your child will need to be referred to our clinic from a physician who believes further evaluation for a neuromuscular disorder is appropriate.

What to bring

You will be contacted by a member of our team prior to seeing us in clinic. In addition to reviewing your child’s medical records and your returned caregiver questionnaire, we may have additional questions or ask that you bring certain medical documents with you or have them sent ahead of the visit.

Please bring any requested medical documentation and the appropriate insurance information to the visit.

Insurance

It is important to let us know of any changes with your insurance. We will need your most up-to-date information to get approval for medications and/or procedures.

It is your responsibility to know what is covered by your insurance policy. We will try to get all necessary approvals from your insurance company before your child's procedure.

Our clinics

Cerebral palsy

Our multispecialty team provides a specialized continuum of care that includes:

  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation, or physiatry
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Case management
  • Social work

Please call 404-785-4126 to make an appointment.

Epilepsy

The Children’s Epilepsy Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with difficult-to-control epilepsy. We care for approximately 2,500 pediatric epilepsy patients. Our physicians have completed extra certifications and training for epilepsy and we offer advance technology to help control epileptic seizures with minimal side effects. We use medical and surgical evaluation, in additional to the ketogenic diet based on the individual needs of each child.

The Children’s Epilepsy Center is recognized by The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 epilepsy center. We have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Our EEG lab is accredited by the EEG Laboratory Accreditation Board of ABRET (LAB-EEG), which means we perform EEGs to the highest standards. We are the second hospital in Georgia and the 11th pediatric hospital in the country to achieve accreditation.

We offer:

  • 24-hour neurocritical care Intensive Care Unit (ICU) monitoring
  • Intractable seizure evaluations
  • New/investigational drug trials 
  • Morphometry
  • vEEG
  • Psychosocial assessment and support
  • Intracranial monitoring and resection

Learn more about epilepsy

Ketogenic diet

Certain children who are having problems with medications, or whose seizures are not being well controlled, may be placed on a special diet called the ketogenic diet. This type of diet is low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fat. No one knows exactly how the diet works, but some children do become seizure-free when put on the diet.

The ketogenic diet works in approximately half of all children with intractable epilepsy; however, the diet does not work for everyone.

Children usually stay on the diet about two years. At Children's, we require a 3 month commitment to the diet. This allows the team to make changes to the diet to better help with seizure control.

If the diet helps to decrease seizures, it is usually continued for a two-year period.

  • While on the diet, your child will need regular lab tests and visits to his doctor.
  • Weaning off seizure medicines varies from child to child. It is not always possible to do.

When it is time for your child to come off (wean) of the diet:

  • Your child’s neurologist (a doctor who treats diseases of the nervous system) will check his progress, seizure control and EEG before starting the weaning process.
  • Weaning means that your child will come off of the ketogenic diet over time – not all at once.
  • Fat content in the diet is slowly decreased as the carbohydrate intake is increased.
  • Your child will slowly return to a normal eating pattern.
  • If seizures return during the weaning process, the previous diet is resumed.

Contact the clinic at 404-785-2420.

Learn more about the ketogenic diet

Muscular dystrophy

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children with neuromuscular disorders. The MDA Clinic offers both evaluation of children suspected of having nerve or muscle disorders, and ongoing management of children with confirmed MDA covered conditions. Covered diagnoses include the following:

  • Muscular Dystrophy: Duchenne, Becker, Congenital, Limb-Girdle, Myotonic, FSH, Emery-Dreifuss, etc.
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Congenital Myopathy
  • Metabolic Myopathy
  • Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis
  • Hereditary Motor & Sensory Neuropathy (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease)
  • Myasthenia Gravis and Congenital Myasthenia
  • Myotonia and Periodic Paralysis
  • Friedreich's Ataxia

The MDA Clinic offers multispecialty care, to provide all relevant services to children with neuromuscular disease in a single visit. Services available through the MDA Clinic include:

  • Neurology
  • Physiatry
  • Orthopaedics
  • Genetics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Respiratory 
  • Cardiology
  • Nutrition
  • Social Work
  • Adaptive Equipment Specialists
  • MDA Patient Service Coordinator
  • Patient/Parent Support Group
  • Newsletter Regarding Research Developments
  • Research Opportunities

Rett syndrome

Rett syndrome is a neurological disorder that is usually first noticed in infancy. It is seen almost always in girls, and rarely seen in boys. It is caused by mutations on the X chromosome on a gene called MECP2.

This condition affects a child’s brain in many different ways. Problems can include issues with learning, speech, senses, mood, movement, breathing, the heart and even chewing, swallowing, and digestion.

Rett syndrome symptoms usually appear when a child is between 6 and 18 months old. While she may develop normally for the first part of her life, caregivers begin noticing a slowing down or stagnation of skills. She can then lose communication skills and purposeful use of her hands. Soon, stereotyped hand movements such as hand washing, trouble with walking, and slowing of the normal rate of head growth become apparent.

Other problems may include:

  • Seizures
  • Problems with breathing
  • Periods where she wants to be alone and cries or is irritable
  • Increase in motor problems (hand-eye coordination and movement)

The Children’s team provides comprehensive assessments that address the daily health needs of your child, including general and subspecialty issues related to her disorder. We collaborate with many specialists across our system who have experience with Rett syndrome, including the following fields:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Augmentative communication
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Physiatry (physical medicine)
  • Physical therapy

We have facilities for both inpatient video EEG monitoring and ambulatory (at home) electroencephalograms (EEG) monitoring. Additionally, we can use dense array EEGs to conduct studies of brain function.

Spasticity

The Spasticity Clinic at Children's uses a multidisciplinary approach dedicated to reducing and controlling spasticity in children. Children are evaluated and managed by specialists in pediatric orthopaedics, physiatry, neurosurgery and physical therapy. The multidisciplinary team works together to provide the best treatment plan possible for each child with spasticity.

Services available at the Spasticity Clinic include evaluations for:

  • Physical therapy 
  • Orthotics 
  • Botox injections
  • Intrathecal baclofen pump placement
  • Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
  • Medication assessment
  • Orthopaedic assessment
  • Neuro-rehabilitation assessment

Spina bifida/myelo

Our Spina Bifida clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children who have spina bifida.

The clinic offers multispecialty care, to provide services to children who have spina bifida in a single visit. The team that sees patients in this clinic include:

  • Neurosurgery 
  • Urology
  • Orthopaedic surgery 
  • Physiatry 
  • Social work 
  • Orthotic specialists 
  • Nutritionists

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

In partnership with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, the Children's Epilepsy Center offers the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) clinic. The first of its kind in Georgia, the TSC Clinic coordinates an annual visit with up to seven different physicians to ensure patients with TSC have access to pediatric specialists. This thorough review is then provided to the patient family and to the patient's primary care physician.

The clinic offers multispecialty care, to provide services to children who have TSC in a single visit. The team that sees patients in this clinic include:

  • Cardiology 
  • Dermatology
  • Genetics
  • Nephrology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Radiology
  • Urology

Additional clinics

Additional clinics include:

  • Headache
  • Neurodevelopmental
  • Concussion
  • Neuromuscular
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • New Onset Seizure
  • Sickle Cell
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Call 404-785-KIDS (5437) for more information.