Acquired Autonomic Dysfunction Program
To address the complex needs of patients living with autonomic dysfunction, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) created the Acquired Autonomic Dysfunction Program (AADP). The AADP is an interdisciplinary program providing a collaborative, comprehensive and evidence-based holistic approach to patients living with autonomic dysfunction.
Our integrative program acknowledges the relationship between the brain (mind) and the body and its effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Multiple factors, including biological, psychological, environmental, and social influences, contribute to the overall function of the ANS. It is our belief that evolving from a system-based approach to a more holistic approach will lead to greater long-term outcomes.
In the AADP at CHOP, your child will have access to all the pediatric specialists they may need to manage their condition. Our clinical experts work together to develop the most appropriate treatment plan that maximizes function and quality of life, while minimizing the need for medications or invasive interventions as much as possible.
Our Programs and Services
Members of the AADP include pediatricians, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, psychologists, social workers, neurologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, nutritionists, and physical therapists.