Treatment Update and School Check-In
Virtual event for youth with migraine and/or their parents/caregivers
Thursday, November 1st, 2020
4:30 pm EDT
1:30 pm PT
Join the headache team from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to learn about the treatment options approved for individuals under 18. The second half of the program will be to ask questions and learn tips about managing school through the pandemic. Parents and caregivers will find this conversation beneficial.
- Learn about available treatment options for youth with migraine
- Learn about devices available to help manage symptoms
- Discuss the difficulties associated with being a student and having chronic migraine
- Ask questions about your own experiences
- Join the event for a chance to win FREE registration for our next Run/Walk/Just Relax event (Includes a FREE T-SHIRT)
You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges.
Schedule of Events
4:30 - 4:35 – Welcome, orientation and quick introductions
4:30 - 4:45- Preventive treatments
4:45 - 4:55- Acute treatments
4:55 - 5:05- Integrative Treatment and devices
5:05 - 5:15- Q&A
5:15 - 5:25– Tips with virtual school including screen exposure, relaxation strategies, and exercises
5:25 - 5:35– Tips for in-person school, including validation for mood changes, wearing masks, and accommodations
5:35 - 5:40– Closing remarks
5:40 - 5:50- Q&A
Rebecca Barmherzig, MD
Dr. Barmherzig is a pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She specializes in treating children with headache and pain disorders.
Dr. Barmherzig has a deeply personal interest in helping children with headaches.
“In addition to being a headache provider, I am also a headache patient, which allows me a unique perspective in being able to join the conversation from both sides of the table,” she says.
Headache is among the top ten leading causes of disability worldwide, and there is an immense need for correct diagnosis, management and treatment, Dr. Barmherzig notes.
“This is even more critical in the pediatric population, where there is a vital opportunity for early awareness and intervention to avoid long-term disability and improve quality of life and outcomes,” she says. “I am passionate about serving the health of this population through patient-centered care, research, education and advocacy.”
Knowledge of the biology and genetics of headache disorders is expanding and overall awareness has increased. Personalized treatment models hold promise, making this an exciting time to be in headache medicine, Dr. Barmherzig says.
Along with her clinical role, Dr. Barmherzig is involved in educational outreach programs for both community healthcare partners as well as children and families.
She is pursuing research into medications and interventional procedures and devices that may benefit children and adolescents with migraine and other primary headache disorders. Dr. Barmherzig also has an interest in vestibular dysfunction in migraine.
“For many suffering with headache, this is an invisible disease. It is important that our patients and their families feel like they are being heard, clearly understood, and that their provider is committed to working with them towards their goals,” Dr. Barmherzig says.
Madeline A. Chadehumbe, MD
Areas of Expertise: Headaches, Neurodevelopment, Neuromuscular disorders, Spasticity management, Autonomic dysfunction
Carlyn Patterson Gentile, MD, PhD
Carlyn Patterson Gentile, MD, PhD, is an attending physician in the Division of Neurology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dina Karvounides, PsyD
Dina Karvounides, PsyD, is a psychologist with the Pediatric Headache Program at The Children’s Hospital pf Philadelphia. Dr. Karvounides has many years of experience working with children and adolescents with chronic pain conditions. She utilizes alternative treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation strategies to help children and adolescents manage the effects that headaches can have on daily living.
Dr. Karvounides strives to help children and adolescents with chronic pain to understand the mind-body connection to pain by empowering each child to actively manage symptoms with the goal of improving quality of life.
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