Functional Neurological Disorder

Washington University Occupational Therapy has developed a program to treat patients experiencing functional neurological disorders. A Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a medical condition in which there is a problem with the functioning of the nervous system and how the brain and body send and/or receive signals.

The FND program at Washington University Occupational Therapy is provided to adolescence through adults who present with functional neurological disorder (FND) symptoms.

Functional neurological symptoms can include:

  • functional weakness
  • disassociative attacks
  • pseudo seizures
  • functional cognition
  • functional tremors
  • functional dystonia
  • functional tics
  • functional gait disorder
  • functional speech

FND program includes:

  • Education on diagnosis
  • Awareness training of triggers of FND symptoms
  • Training in FND management

The program is designed to assist patients in managing symptoms and taking control of their daily activities to resume life as they know it without an inpatient stay. Traditional FND programs require a multi-week inpatient stay.  Our program has adapted the inpatient program model but allows our patients to stay at home; while still engaged in their daily activities. Patients meet with our clinician within our outpatient clinic or via telehealth services.

Please call (314) 286 – 1669 or email OTClinical@wustl.edu to schedule an appointment.