Why Choose the Acquired Autonomic Dysfunction Program

In the AADP at CHOP, your child will have access to all the pediatric specialists they may need to manage their condition. Members of the AADP include physicians, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and other specialists. 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.

Care coordinators are available to help facilitate communication and provide patient and family education. This education begins with understanding the complexity of autonomic dysfunction and its effects on the whole person. We believe it is crucial to also recognize the impact of this illness on the family unit. We strive to empower patients and families to be active participants in their care by providing them with the tools necessary to facilitate improved management and recovery.

Other benefits of the program

  • Physical therapists are available to assist with developing individualized exercise programs.
  • Psychologists provide evidence-based interventions for coping and lifestyle management.  
  • Social workers are available to assist with school concerns and community resources.
  • Our care team is available to help coordinate and schedule outpatient visits for recommended specialists due to autonomic dysfunction.