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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.

Conditions we treat

  • 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.
  • CDKL5 Clinic
    Our CDKL5 Clinic offers children with CDKL5 disorder specialized care from programs throughout Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • Cerebral palsy
    We offer neurologic evaluations and care as part of the Cerebral Palsy Center.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Headache
    The Headache Program sees children and teens with all types of headaches, with locations in Boston and Waltham.
  • Infantile Spasms Program
    The Infantile Spasms Program is dedicated to providing timely evaluation, testing, treatment and follow-up for infants with new infantile spasms, refractory infantile spasms, and later-onset epileptic spasms.
  • 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 Claudio Melo de Gusmao, 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 Sleep Center 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.