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Our Neurodevelopmental program evaluates and cares for children with conditions related to the development of the nervous system, including the brain. We specialize in the care of children with special needs, and tailor our services to your child and family.

Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and physical and occupational therapists understands that your child's well-being affects your entire family. We take into account your family's priorities and concerns, as well as those of your child's doctor, schools and community services, when planning your child's care. We work closely with providers in the community to ensure that your child's care is well coordinated, community-oriented and family-centered.

Conditions We Treat


We see children with many conditions, including:


Autism spectrum disorders

Autism is a disorder that can affect the way a child behaves, thinks, communicates and interacts with others. Children with autism are affected in different ways. Some have only mild symptoms and grow up to live independently, while others have more severe symptoms and need supported living and working environments throughout their lives. Read more.

Brain and nervous system problems

The brain and nervous system work together to control the functions of the body. Simply put, the nervous system sends messages from the brain to different parts of the body, and carries information from different parts of the body to the brain. Because the brain controls so much, problems with it and the nervous system can affect many different parts of the body. Diseases passed from parent to child, brain disorders associated with mental illness and head injuries can all affect the way the brain works and upset the daily activities of the rest of the body. Read more.

Cerebral palsy (CP)

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects your child's muscle tone and ability to move on purpose in a coordinated way. Cerebral palsy can lead to other health issues, including vision, hearing and speech problems and learning disabilities. CP is most often caused by damage to the brain. There is no cure for CP. Treatment, therapy, special equipment and, in some cases, surgery can help your child live with the condition. Read more about cerebral palsy.

Developmental delays in language skills and in controlling muscle movement (motor skills)

Children who develop at a slower rate compared to other children in their age group may have what healthcare providers call developmental delays. Developmental delays can refer to the rate at which children's senses develop, how they grow socially or emotionally, or how fast they learn language.

Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is sometimes called water on the brain. Children with hydrocephalus have too much of a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid in the areas of the brain called the ventricles. The condition can also involve extra fluid in spaces between the brain and the skull. Hydrocephalus usually occurs when a child's cerebrospinal fluid cannot flow or be reabsorbed correctly and builds up. Read more.

Premature birth

The birth of a baby before the 37th week of pregnancy.

Spasticity

Spasticity is a condition that occurs when some muscles are constantly stiff and rigid. Children with spasticity also may have many reflex movements that they cannot control. This can make movement, such as walking and speech, difficult and awkward. Spasticity usually occurs due to damage to the part of the brain or spinal cord that controls voluntary movement. Read more.

Spina bifida and other neural tube defects

Spina bifida is a neural tube defect. The neural tube is located along the back of an unborn baby. It eventually develops into the baby's brain and spinal cord. Spina bifida occurs when the neural tube fails to close. There are many neural tube defects, and they vary greatly in their severity. Some, such as Spina bifida occulta, cause few if any problems. The most severe form, meningomyelocele, often causes loss of muscle use (paralysis) in the leg, bowel and bladder, along with learning disabilities. Read more. (PDF)

Tourette syndrome (TS)

To be diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, a child must have many different types of tics. Tics are sudden, repetitive movements (motor tics) or sudden, repetitive sounds (vocal tics). Doctors don't know the exact cause of TS, but some research suggests that it occurs when there's a problem with how nerves communicate in the brain. Read more.

Services We Offer

Premature infant follow-up

It is impossible to predict a baby's future health based only on whether it was born early. But babies who are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy (premature infants) may have a greater chance of delayed growth and development. Our team provides evaluation for premature infants to help your child get needed services early in life.

Prenatal counseling for spina bifida and other neural tube defects

Most doctors offer pregnant women a blood test that checks for neural tube defects such as spina bifida. When a neural tube defect is diagnosed before birth, our team can provide you and your family with information about options and support.

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Contact Us

Seattle

206-987-2210

Alaska

Juneau contact: Kris Green, 907-269-3428; Anchorage contact: Pam Conrad-Michaels, 907-261-4831

Bellevue

425-454-4644

Everett

425-304-6080

Federal Way

253-838-5878

Olympia

360-459-5009

Yakima

509-574-3223

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