Patients with dysautonomia benefit from a unique collaboration between TIRR Memorial Hermann and the pediatric neurology and pediatric cardiology services at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Working together, the two institutions have developed a program that provides a complete continuum of care for children and adolescents with dysautonomia.

Dysautonomia Rehabilitation Research

Memorial Hermann is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through the exploration of new treatments and therapies for patients with dysautonomia. Several research projects are either underway or have recently been completed at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), on topics such as the role of histamine and mast cells in dysautonomia, cerebrospinal fluid neurotransmitters, immunomodulation treatment protocols and DNA studies utilizing whole exome analysis of families.

What Are the Benefits of Rehabilitation for Dysautonomia?

The Dysautonomia Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann maximizes patient outcomes by providing:

  • An integrated, collaborative approach by our interdisciplinary team that addresses the medical, physical, functional, social and emotional needs of the patient for optimal independence
  • A comprehensive evaluation of the patient's rehabilitation potential and customized, individualized programs to address a wide range of symptoms
  • Evidence-based interventions through effective and innovative individual and group therapy sessions to achieve the highest possible functional level
  • Individualized and multidimensional cognitive rehabilitation interventions to address cognitive changes associated with dysautonomia, also known as "Brain Fog”
  • Support groups and counseling for patients and families
  • Facilities and various types of equipment designed and tailored to meet the needs of individuals with dysautonomia
  • A Return to School program designed to assist patients with a safe and successful return to school for those who are currently limited in ability to attend a full day of school
  • Discharge planning which can consist of a group exercise program designed for patients with dysautonomia

Who Is on the Dysautonomia Rehabilitation Team?

TIRR Memorial Hermann has interdisciplinary teams dedicated to the rehabilitation of patients with dysautonomia. These teams include:

  • An integrated, collaborative approach by our interdisciplinary team that addresses the medical, physical, functional, social and emotional needs of the patient for optimal independence
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Neuropsychologists

Patient Stories

  • Justin Lamb

    Rehabilitation for Dysautonomia: TIRR Memorial Hermann and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Collaborate to Treat a Complex Genetic Disorder

    October 24, 2014

    Eighteen-year-old Justin Lamb is one of many patients to benefit from a unique collaboration between TIRR Memorial Hermann and the pediatric neurology and pediatric cardiology services at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Working together, the two institutions have developed a program t...

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Support Groups

Young Adult Dysautonomia Support Group (high school & college)
2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month
12:30 p.m. - doors open
Meeting from 1 - 2 p.m.
TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation at the Kirby Glen Center
2455 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77030
Contact dysauto.group.medcenter@gmail.com for more information.

Young Adult Dysautonomia Support Group (high school & college)
First Monday of the month
4:30 p.m. - doors open
Meeting from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation
920 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 270
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(713) 897-2450

*Please note that these support groups are led by community volunteers. Please contact the group leaders before attending a meeting to be sure there are no schedule changes.

Additional Resources

Dysautonomia Exercise Program

TIRR Memorial Hermann offers a community-based dysautonomia exercise program for patients ages 10-21 that includes both circuit training and aquatic therapy sessions. Aquatic therapy is held on Mondays at TIRR Memorial Hermann-Memorial City, and circuit training is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at TIRR Memorial Hermann-Kirby Glen. 

“We are the Voice” Dysautonomia Documentary

Educational video features Memorial Hermann affiliated pediatric cardiologist Mohammed T. Numan, MD, co-director of the Dysautonomia Center of Excellence and professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Watch the Video »

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