NATIONAL PEDIATRIC MS CENTER
The National Pediatric MS (NPMS) Center, the first of its kind in the nation to address pediatric MS, is headed by Dr. Lauren Krupp, professor of neurology. Dr. Krupp, an internationally recognized expert in MS, assembled a multi-disciplinary team of experts including MS specialists, pediatric neurology, neuropsychology, pediatric nursing, child psychiatry and neuroradiology.
The team’s goal is to provide outstanding clinical care and to identify the biological changes in children facing MS, to advance research that could make a dramatic difference in their lives and ultimately find the answers to MS. We are today recognized as a Center of Excellence by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Pediatric patients who come to our Center receive a comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation, conducted over one to two days. This includes:
- Extensive neurological assessment
- Neuropsychological evaluation and psychological assessment to evaluate the effects of MS on cognition, academic performance and emotional functioning
- Nursing case management
Often children with MS and their families feel isolated, never having the opportunity to form relationships and share experiences with others affected by the disease. Our Center combats this isolation by providing a support network extending well beyond medical care. The most dramatic and therapeutic aspect of our support services is our annual Teen Adventure Weekend for adolescents with MS.
For further information about the NPMS Center or our Teen Adventure Weekend, please contact Jo Biederman 631-444-8096.