Behavioral scientists are active in all of the Kempenhaeghe centers. From their expertise they contribute to the diagnostics, treatment and support of patients and students.
In the Center for Residential Epilepsy Care remedial educationalists and/or health care psychologists deploy their expertise for optimal residential support. In the Academic Center for Epileptology, the Center for Sleep Medicine en the Center for Neurological Learning and Development Disabilities the disciplines specialist clinical (neuro)psychology, health care psychology and psychotherapy are available. Behavioral scientists at De Berkenschutse offer psycho-education and help students who have gotten stuck in learning, work attitude and/or social-emotional functioning.
As a member of the multidisciplinary team behavioral scientists see children and adults with and without physical or intellectual disabilities. They are responsible for (neuro)psychological diagnostics and treatment. Their findings are reported to the treating specialist.
Added value (neuro)psychological examination
Epilepsy, sleeping disorders and neurological learning and developmental disabilities can affect the cognitive abilities of the patient. The medication patients take for their disorders can, as a side effect, also affect their cognitive abilities. Cognitive functions, mood and behavior can be influenced by the disorder and/or medication, with an impact on study, work, traffic participation and independence.
In Kempenhaeghe specialized (neuro)psychologists specifically diagnose and scientifically research the above. Simultaneous EEG examination in combination with neuropsychological tests and video observation are a specific example of diagnostics.
Clinical psychological and psycho-therapeutical expertise
Kempenhaeghe can offer patients clinical psychological examinations and a wide range of psychological treatments. This allows us to provide the patient with a tailormade offering, and include loved ones if necessary. Treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy and system therapy.
A number of our patients suffers from psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNEA). The deployment of specific psycho-therapeutical expertise helps to understand accept and deal with the diagnosis.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
In patients with complaints related to fear for seizures, specific cognitive behavioral therapy could help. Patients with insomnia often have an incorrect idea of sleep. For them, specific cognitive behavioral therapy, developed in Kempenhaeghe, can help them deal with their insomnia.
Epilepsy or PNEA does not only have consequences for the patient, but often also for their partner, parents, siblings, teachers etc. Within such a system, anyone can react differently to the diagnosis and the disorder. System therapy aims to improve the mutual understanding between the members in the system.
Neuro-revalidation can be a suitable option when there are complaints about thinking functions, such as the memory or the ability to plan and organize. Neuro-revalidation focuses on dealing with the problem at home, at work or at school.