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Support groups

If your child is affected by a neural condition, we know things can get a bit complicated for your whole family. There are many challenges, and even fears, to face. But there are also answers from people who truly know what you're going through. And you'll find them here at Cook Children’s.

We offer a variety of support groups that are open to families of our patients and also those families in our community whose children have neurological diagnoses. Educators and other caregivers are welcome here as well. It's good to know that when things get complicated, the support teams at Cook Children’s are here to help.

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Neurofibromatosis support group

hand holdingThe Neurofibromatosis (NF) Family Support Group is designed for patients (ages 0-18), their parents or caregivers, as well as siblings of all ages to attend.

Cook Children's hosts family support activities during the year. Support group meetings at the medical center include dinner, and sitters are available for children under the age of 5. Families will also have an opportunity to visit with one another and share resources with each other.

2017 support group meeting dates:

Meetings are held from 6-7:30 p.m.
A light dinner is served.


Cook Children's Medical Center
801 Seventh Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Parking for parents of patients is free. Parking for other family members and visitors is $1 per hour.

Handicap access to the medical center is available from the first and third floor parking garage.

Facts about NF

Educational resources

For info or to RSVP – call 972.868.7944 or email

Epilepsy support group

hand holdingCook Children's Epilepsy support groups offer patients, parents, family members, and care-givers the knowledge and skills needed to help cope with epilepsy.

Our support groups help families:

Support group for parents of children with epilepsy

Each meeting begins with a specific topic presented by a professional with experience in caring for children with seizures. Following the speaker's presentation, there is time for open discussion so families can share their stories. Child care is provided for siblings and children under the age of six. There is no cost to participate. Dinner is provided at no charge. Support group meetings are held in the Pavilion classrooms.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please call:


Support groups for patients

We offer a support group for Children (ages 5-12) and Adolescents (ages 13-21). Each group is led by a Certified Child Life Specialist. The groups are held at the same time as the parent group. These child and adolescent support groups will help patients cope more effectively with their diagnosis and encourage socialization with peers who have a similar diagnosis. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact one of our child life specialists:

Kathryn "Kat" Davitt, MOT, CCLS
Adolescent Support Group Leader

Camps for Kids

Sometimes the best support comes from the freedom to just be a kid. And having epilepsy shouldn't be a barrier. Cook Children's offers access to summer and winter camps, including:

Learn more about Camps for Kids and the fun to be had. Click here and explore them all!

Support group meetings

WHEN: Second Thursday, every other month, 6 – 7 p.m. A light dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Three groups will be formed and meet independently:

WHERE: Lower Level – Medical Center Pavilion

2017 meeting dates:

Tourette's support group

Cook Children's Tourette's support group is available for patients, parents, caregivers and brothers and sisters living with Tourette's.

2017 meeting dates:

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact:

Kathryn "Kat" Davitt, MOT, CCLS

Sib2Sib™ program

Cook Children's Sib2Sib program offers a variety of supportive activities for siblings of children living with a chronic illness or a life changing injury. Programs include the following:

Your child can join the Cook Children's Sibshop for opportunities to meet other siblings, discuss common concerns unique to siblings of children with a chronic illness or life-changing disability, play games, enjoy arts and crafts, and have fun. It's a chance for us to celebrate siblings for who they are and all they do.

To learn more about the program or to register for the mailing list, call 682-885-5872, speak to your child's Child Life specialist or you can email

Parents as Partners

Cook Children's is working to include parents more than ever before and to offer a variety of programs to help us better understand the patient and family experience. Cook Children's offers several opportunities for parents to get involved, including:

For more information about Parents as Partners, to find a mentor, or get involved as an active participant, please call 682-885-6181, or email

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We are here to help.

If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. Call our offices at: 682-885-2500 to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff.

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