Neurology Programs and Services

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Contact the Department of Neurology

  • 617-355-6388
  • International: +1-617-355-5209
  • Schedule An Appointment:
    Monday-Friday 7:00am-8:00pm
Urgent care:

If you child has sudden, serious symptoms that could signal a problem in the brain, contact your doctor immediately, go directly to an emergency room or call 911.

If you see symptoms like these, don’t wait:

  • weakness on one side of the body
  • difficulty speaking 
  • difficulty walking or instability when standing 
  • vision loss 
  • first-time seizure
  • a change in mental state 

Conditions and programs in the Department of Neurology

Whatever nervous system condition or disorder your child may have, we have a neurologist who can help. Click the links below for more information on our specialty clinics and programs or to schedule an appointment. At bottom are general programs serving children across a variety of conditions.

What if I don’t see my child’s condition listed?
First try typing it into the search box at the top of this page. We treat many rare conditions too numerous to list here. If that doesn’t work, please call us at 617-355-6388 and our staff can advise you.

What if I don’t know what my child has?
If you don’t yet know the cause of your child’s symptoms, please call us at 617-355-6388. Our staff can point you to a specific program or arrange for your child to see one of our general neurologists.

What if my child has more than one condition?
If you’re not sure which program to contact, call us at 617-355-6388 and we’ll help you figure out the best place to start. Some of our services cut across multiple conditions.

What if I’ve been referred here for a diagnostic test?
Contact us and we can take care of scheduling the test. You may also want to visit our Resources page for information about these tests.

Autism spectrum disorder: Our Autism Spectrum Center coordinates visits with child neurologists, developmental behavioral pediatricians, psychiatrists, geneticists, gastroenterologists, speech/language therapists and more.

Birth defects: We provide neurologic care to children with hydrocephalus, spina bifida and a variety of other congenital anomalies.

Brain or spinal cord injury:
The Brain Injury Center provides acute and long-term care from specialists in child neurology, trauma, critical care, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, rehabilitation and more.

Brain or spinal cord tumor:
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center’s Brain Tumor Center offers advanced diagnostics and treatments for malignant and non-malignant tumors.

Cerebral palsy: We offer neurologic evaluations and care as part of the Cerebral Palsy Center.

Epilepsy and seizures: The Epilepsy Center provides multi-pronged, individualized care to help infants, children and teens lead seizure-free lives. We see patients in Boston and several suburban locations, and also have an Epilepsy Genetics Program.

Cerebrovascular disease: The Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center offers advanced imaging and care for children with stroke, non-traumatic bleeding in the brain and blood vessel disease or malformations that can put the brain at risk.

Headache: The Headache Program sees children and teens with all types of headaches, with locations in Boston and Waltham.

Learning difficulties: The Learning Disabilities Program provides comprehensive evaluations to help school-age children with cognitive, academic and social development.

Mitochondrial disorders: The Mitochondrial Program provides diagnostic services and care for children with mitochondrial disorders, such as Kearns Sayre syndrome, Leigh’s disease, MELAS, MERRF, MNGIE and Pearson syndrome.

Movement disorders: Neurologist Jeffrey Waugh, MD, evaluates and cares for children with ataxia, chorea, dystonia, myoclonus, tremor, tic disorders/Tourette syndrome and other disorders with neurosurgeon Scellig Stone, MD.
 
Multiple sclerosis (MS) and related conditions: The Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Program cares for children and teens with MS, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, acute transverse myelitis and optic neuritis. 

Neurofibromatosis: The Neurofibromatosis Program provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, follow-up care and genetic counseling and offers enrollment in several clinical trials.

Neuro-immune disorders: The Pediatric Neuro-immunology Program treats autoimmune disorders affecting the brain and spinal cord, such as opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia syndrome, central nervous system vasculitis, Hashimoto’s encephalopathy, lupus and auto-immune encephalitis.

Neurometabolic disorders: The Neurometabolic Program diagnoses and treats metabolic disorders including urea cycle disorders, lysosomal storage disorders, leukodystrophies and mitochondrial disorders.

Neuromuscular conditions: The Neuromuscular Center cares for children with muscular dystrophy, myopathies, motor neuron diseases, neuropathies and neuromuscular junction disorders, and conducts numerous major research studies.

Rett syndrome: The Rett Syndrome Program, the only such program in New England, cares for both children and adults with Rett syndrome and conducts research into new treatments.

Sleep problems: The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders cares for babies and children of all ages with all kinds of sleep problems, offering consults and overnight sleep studies.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA): The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Program offers diagnostic services, provides treatments to help children maintain motor function, manages medical complications of SMA and actively researches new therapies.

Stroke: The Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center offers advanced imaging and care, both acute and long-term.

Sturge-Weber syndrome: The Sturge-Weber Syndrome Clinic brings together multiple specialists to diagnose this disorder and treat its complications.

Tuberous sclerosis (TS): The Multi-Disciplinary Tuberous Sclerosis Program brings together multiple specialties to provide neurologic and medical care and conducts active research to find new treatments.
 

View an even more comprehensive list of conditions we treat.


Other services in the Department of Neurology

These programs serve children with a variety of neurologic conditions and their families. You can contact them directly or ask your neurologist to refer you.

Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention & Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC): Children with neurologic conditions are at especially high risk for peer victimization. In BACPAC, children can get support and a variety of tools to protect themselves from bullying.

Preterm and newborn care: The Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program cares for young infants with a brain injury or congenital neurological condition. We also consult with families in Boston Children’s Advanced Fetal Care Center.

Neurogenetics: The Neurogenetics Program provides state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and specialized care for a variety of genetic conditions of the nervous system.

The Brain Development and Genetics (BrDG) Clinic offers evaluations and genetic diagnostic services for children with brain malformations, microcephaly and other disorders of brain development. The clinic also conducts research to discover the genetic causes of these disorders.

Neuromotor therapy: The Neuromotor Therapy Program develops strategies to enhance the motor function of children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Neurocritical care: The Neurocritical Care Program, the first of its kind at any U.S. children’s hospital, is embedded within Boston Children's Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU). Its team evaluates and monitors critically ill and injured children and develops interventions to protect their brain function.


We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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