Children’s National has some of the world’s foremost experts in care for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system. Because we care exclusively for children, our specialists also understand how these conditions influence cognitive and neurological development in a child or teen that is still growing.
Neurodevelopmental conditions and traumatic brain injuries can affect how a child thinks, learns and behaves, and a treatment plan involves a multidisciplinary approach. Our care team includes specialists from various fields who work with you to develop a unique care plan for your child. We also consult with our colleagues in other divisions at Children’s National, and professionals and clinicians throughout the nation. Conditions we care for include:
The neuropsychology team can diagnose and treat children and teens with a known or suspected dysfunction of the brain. Each year, more than 1,000 children and teens are evaluated by our experts in the Neuropsychology Outpatient Evaluation Program.
Our Executive Function Clinic assesses children with particular behavioral and emotional difficulties that interfere with performance and social interactions. An assessment and evaluation are usually completed within a day. We use the results to develop practical recommendations for helping the child overcome these difficulties.
Children’s is Changing Care for Kids
Division Chief Gerard Gioia, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in traumatic brain injuries, and his research has influenced the way mild traumatic brain injuries in children are treated.
An example of how our work is impacting care, Dr. Gioia helped launch the SCORE Program to help parents, coaches, and the medical community, recognize a potential concussion and know what to do when a concussion is suspected. It is one of the only programs in the greater Washington, DC, area that specializes in the evaluation and management of concussions in children and teens.
We also are helping to improve quality of life for young patients with an autism spectrum disorder. Patients and their families have access to additional resources and support through the division’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD).