Pediatric Neurology

About Our Pediatric Neurology Program:

Neurology Consultants of Dallas Pediatric Neurology, under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Gossett, is renowned for our expertise in addressing neurological challenges in children, particularly epilepsy. Our commitment to excellence extends to comprehensive care, encompassing diagnosis, treatment, and research. We specialize in managing a spectrum of pediatric neurological disorders, including epilepsy, developmental delays, migraines, and more. Seamless transition of care from childhood to adulthood is paramount to us. Our collaborative approach between pediatric and adult neurologists ensures continuity and optimal outcomes for our patients and their families. At Neurology Consultants of Dallas Pediatric Neurology, your child’s neurological well-being is our primary focus.

Daniel Gossett, MD

Our Pediatric Team:

Our pediatric neurology program is led by Dr. Daniel Gossett. He partners with our Neuro Testing Center technicians, medical assistants, and adult neurologists for transition of care services.

What Our Pediatric Program Offers:

• A professional collaboration to enhance your child’s quality of life• Consultation with a fellowship-trained neurologist
• Medication review and management
• Neuro Testing Center onsite for Sleep Studies and EEG testing.
• State of the art technology including MRI (with neuro trained radiology readings)
• Clinical Research providing access to emerging therapies
• PT, OT, and Speech therapy with neuro trained therapists

What are the common pediatric neurological conditions?

Seizures: Seizures in children are sudden, abnormal electrical disturbances in the brain that can
cause various symptoms such as uncontrollable jerking or shaking movements, staring spells,
confusion, altered consciousness, repetitive movements like lip smacking or blinking, and
sometimes loss of bladder or bowel control.

• Epilepsy: A neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, which can vary in severity
and frequency.
• ADHD: ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder
characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity that
significantly impact a child’s functioning and development. Children with ADHD may have
difficulty staying focused, following instructions, organizing tasks, and controlling their impulses.
This condition can affect academic performance, social interactions, and overall daily
• Cerebral Palsy: A group of movement disorders caused by abnormal brain development or
damage, leading to impaired muscle coordination and mobility.
• Migraine and other Headache Disorders: Recurrent headaches often accompanied by sensory
disturbances, nausea, and sensitivity to light or sound.
• Developmental Delay: Delays in achieving developmental milestones in areas such as motor
skills, speech, cognition, or socialization.
• Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Including intellectual disabilities, learning disorders, and
language disorders, which affect cognitive and/or adaptive functioning.
• Tics and Tourette Syndrome: A neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and
vocal tics.
• Muscular Dystrophy: A collection of inherited conditions where muscles become weaker and
break down as time goes on. Keep an eye out for signs like trouble walking or standing, frequent
falls, muscle stiffness or pain, larger calf muscles than usual, difficulty breathing, and delays in
your child’s ability to sit or stand on their own.
• Hydrocephalus: A condition characterized by an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain,
leading to increased pressure inside the skull and potential damage to brain tissue. In pediatric
patients, symptoms of hydrocephalus may include an enlarged head, bulging fontanelle (soft
spot on the baby’s skull), vomiting, irritability, seizures, poor feeding, developmental delays, and
changes in vision.

What is a pediatric epileptologist?
A pediatric epileptologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of epilepsy in children and adolescents. These specialists have extensive training and expertise in understanding the diverse types of seizures and epileptic disorders that can affect young patients. They are skilled in interpreting diagnostic tests such as EEG (electroencephalogram) and imaging studies to accurately diagnose epilepsy and determine the most appropriate treatment options. Pediatric epileptologists work closely with a multidisciplinary team, including pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, and other healthcare professionals, to provide comprehensive care tailored to the individual needs of each child with epilepsy. Their goal is to optimize seizure control, minimize side effects of medications, and improve overall quality of life for pediatric patients living with epilepsy and their families.
What is a fellowship-trained neurologist?

A fellowship-trained neurologist is a physician who has completed additional specialized training, known
as a fellowship, in a specific area of neurology following their residency training. Neurology fellowships
typically last one to two years and provide intensive, focused education and clinical experience in a
particular subspecialty within neurology, such as epilepsy, stroke, movement disorders, neuromuscular
disorders, or neurocritical care, among others.

During their fellowship, neurologists receive advanced training in diagnosing, managing, and treating
patients with complex neurological conditions within their chosen subspecialty. They work closely with
experienced faculty members and gain hands-on experience in specialized procedures, advanced
diagnostic techniques, and innovative treatments relevant to their area of focus.

After completing their fellowship, neurologists are considered experts in their subspecialty and are
equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide specialized care to patients with specific
neurological disorders. Fellowship-trained neurologists play a crucial role in delivering high-quality,
specialized care and advancing the field of neurology through research and clinical innovation.

What is an EEG?
At Neurology Consultants of Dallas, we understand the importance of accurate and reliable EEG testing in diagnosing and managing neurological conditions. That is why we offer onsite EEGs performed in our specialized Neuro Testing Center, providing a controlled environment optimized for precise recordings. An EEG, or electroencephalogram, is a non-invasive test that measures the electrical activity of the brain. By capturing and analyzing these electrical signals, we gain valuable insights into brain function and can diagnose conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, and sleep disorders. Our Neuro Testing Center is equipped with the latest technology and staffed by experienced EEG technicians who oversee the testing process. This controlled environment minimizes external interference and ensures the highest quality EEG recordings. Additionally, our EEG techs work closely with our physicians to maintain the integrity of both the video and EEG data, providing a clearer picture for accurate interpretation. By offering onsite EEG testing with oversight from our dedicated team, Neurology Consultants of Dallas ensures that our patients receive precise diagnostics and personalized care. Whether you are seeking evaluation for epilepsy, seizures, or other neurological concerns, you can trust us to deliver reliable results and expert guidance every step of the way.
What are the signs and symptoms of neurological disorders in children?

Neurological disorders in children can present with various signs and symptoms, including seizures,
developmental delays, motor coordination difficulties, changes in behavior or mood, headaches, vision
problems, and difficulty with speech or language.

How do you diagnose neurological conditions in pediatric patients?
Diagnosis of neurological conditions in pediatric patients often involves a thorough medical history, neurological examination, and may include imaging studies such as MRI or CT (Computed Tomography) scans, EEG (electroencephalogram), blood tests, genetic testing, and neuropsychological assessments.
What treatments are available for pediatric neurological disorders?

Treatment options for pediatric neurological disorders vary depending on the specific condition but may
include medication management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietary
interventions, surgical procedures, and counseling or behavioral therapy.

What are the potential long-term effects or complications of childhood neurological conditions?
Long-term effects and complications of childhood neurological conditions can vary widely depending on the specific disorder but may include developmental delays, cognitive impairments, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, seizures, and behavioral or emotional challenges. Our team works together to prevent as many associated complications as possible and give the child the best possible health outcome.
How do you manage seizures in children, particularly epilepsy?
Management of seizures in children, including epilepsy, often involves medication management with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), lifestyle modifications, such as ensuring adequate sleep and managing stress, and in some cases, dietary therapy, or surgical intervention. Our team is associated with a level-4 Epilepsy center (hospital) and works together with other healthcare professionals to adequately determine the benefits of surgery should this be the most appropriate medical intervention.
What should parents know about developmental milestones and when to seek evaluation for developmental delays?
Parents should be aware of typical developmental milestones for children and seek evaluation if they notice significant delays or regression in areas such as motor skills, language development, social interaction, or cognitive abilities. Noticing developmental delays and behavioral disorders in children early offers several key benefits. Early intervention allows for prompt access to tailored therapies, maximizing developmental potential and minimizing long-term impact. It helps prevent secondary issues like academic difficulties and strengthens family support, enhancing overall quality of life for both the child and their caregivers. Early recognition is crucial for optimizing outcomes and promoting healthy development.
How can diet and lifestyle modifications impact pediatric neurological health?
Diet and lifestyle modifications can play a significant role in managing pediatric neurological conditions. For example, ketogenic diets have been shown to be effective in reducing seizures in some children with epilepsy, and regular exercise and adequate sleep can support overall neurological health. Brain health is crucial for individuals of all ages, and it often begins with gut health. The food we consume can significantly impact both our mental and physical well-being.
How can behavioral and psychological issues be addressed in children with neurological disorders?
Behavioral and psychological issues in children with neurological disorders may be addressed through counseling, behavioral therapy, social skills training, and medication management, as appropriate for the child’s specific needs.

Our Community & Research

At Neurology Consultants of Dallas (NCD), our physicians actively engage with the community. Our engagement includes hosting conferences, educating patients, speaking at support groups, supporting charitable events, and serving as board members for organizations. Additionally, we participate in community programs facilitated by The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas and other advocacy organizations. Our commitment extends to providing comprehensive care to pediatric patients and their families. We strive to advance knowledge and treatment options for pediatric neurological disorders through patient care and innovative research. Continuously exploring better diagnostic methods and therapeutic approaches is a priority for us. During your visit, we welcome discussions about available clinical trials and research studies. If you choose to participate, our team of subspecialty-trained neurologists, research director, medical assistants, and research coordinators will provide dedicated support throughout your involvement, ensuring the best possible care and experience.
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