1. Family education and support is critical, particularly in the early stages of illness. Obtaining material on treating and managing childhood OCD is an important step.
2. PANS has a relapsing remitting course. Most children will experience at least one recurrence of symptom onset due to a PANS trigger.
3. Communication with the school will help alleviate stress and establish a better understanding between faculty and student. Clinicians and parents might also volunteer to provide an informative lecture to class, parents, and teachers, and/or request a 504 Plan, IEP, or SST.
4. Support is important. The entire family is under a large amount of stress and worry. You do not need to do this alone. Find help from family, friends, therapists, and the PANDAS/PANS parent support community.
School can be difficult for PANS/PANDAS children. This resource provides information on the school impact, steps a school professional can take to help, and considerations for health care professionals in the education of PANS-affected students.
Access a list of multi-disciplinary clinics that specialize in PANS/PANDAS.
Primary care providers, including pediatricians, family physicians, and nurse practitioners, can diagnose PANS/PANDAS and implement the majority of treatments. However, if you need help finding a clinician familiar with PANS/PANDAS, visit the PPN Practitioner Directory.
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There are national and regional supportive resources for families affected by PANDAS and PANS. All listed resources are 501c3 non-profits. Inclusion in the listing is not an endorsement or a warranty of the information provided by the organizations.