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Contact the Cerebral Palsy Program

  • 617-355-6021
  • International: +1-617-355-5209

The following is a list of Boston Children's resources related to cerebral palsy and its associated conditions. We hope you find this list helpful.

A Guidebook for Hip Surgery in Children with Cerebral Palsy (PDF)
Created by clinicians in the Cerebral Palsy program at Boston Children's, this booklet discusses various hip conditions a child with CP may encounter, as well as treatment options.

A Guidebook for Spinal Surgery in Children with Neuromuscular Disorders (PDF)
Created by clinicians in the Cerebral Palsy program at Boston Children's, this booklet discusses various spine disorders a child with CP may encounter, as well as surgical treatment options.

Cast care and maintenance

The Coping Clinic 
The Coping Clinic helps children with special health care needs and their families find ways to handle the extra stress associated with daily life. The staff provides evaluations, short-term therapy and family counseling. For more information please call 617-355-6688.

The Hale Family Center for Families
The Hale Family Center for Families helps parents become active members of their child's health care team. The Center provides information for families on questions they may have about diagnoses, community resources or hospital resources. For more information please call 617-355-6279, or email

Experience Journal
The Experience Journal is a collection of stories, pictures, and personal experiences from families about what it has been like to contend with pediatric cerebral palsy. It represents the collective wisdom of families and health care providers. A group of parents and health care providers has reviewed all of these contributions for appropriateness.

The Family to Family Program
The Family to Family Program is located within the Hale Family Center for Families. It offers families support by connecting them with trained, experienced volunteer family members whose children have similar needs. For more information please call 617-355-6279.

The Family Advisory Committee 
The Family Advisory Committee is composed of parents and children who are treated regularly at the hospital, staff members and current and former patients. The purpose is to provide the patient and family perspective needed for successful collaboration between families and health care providers. Projects include: a creation of a lecture series, creating a Family Faculty speakers bureau and publication of resource guides on specific conditions. If you are interested in joining the Family Advisory Committee please call the Hale Family Center for Families at 617-355-6279.

Genetics Program
The Clinical Genetics Program provides diagnostic evaluation for patients and families who have birth defects or developmental problems. Genetic counseling is also available for parents considering having another child. For more information please call 617-355-6394.

Guardianship: What happens when my child turns 18? (PDF)
Our social workers are experienced in assisting families consider whether or not their child with CP might benefit from guardianship once they turn 18. They can help guide families through the process, identify resources, refer for further neuro-psychological testing and help oversee the documentation associated with obtaining guardianship.

Home Care Instructions (PDF)

Social Work Department
The Social Work Department is made up of a variety of professionals and programs dedicated to integrating the social and psychological needs of patients and families with their health care. For more information please visit their website, or call 617-355-7965. 

AACPDM – The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital contributes papers, lectures and insights to the AACPDM and is an active member. We have members on the scientific committee and are actively involved in the organizing of the annual meeting.

Resources for Families Living Outside the U.S.

Boston Children's International Health Services is a dedicated resource for patients and families from countries outside the United States. International Health Services:

  • Facilitates the medical review of patient records
  • Assists with scheduling appointments
  • Provides assistance with customs and immigration
  • Helps coordinate transportation
  • Assists with arranging hotel lodging and other housing accommodations

You may contact International Health Services by phone at 1-617-355-5209 or via e-mail at

Make an Appointment

For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please call us at 617-355-6021 or request an appointment online.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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