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Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics and Neurogenetics

Our dedicated neurodevelopmental pediatricians and division staff evaluate and coordinate care for patients with developmental needs, from birth through age 21. In addition to the care we provide to our patients, we also consider education and support for parents and families to be vital division services.

Comprehensive Care
To accurately diagnose your child’s condition, we assess all areas of development, including gross and fine motor skills, speech and language abilities, and social skills. Conditions treated by our team include:
• Asperger syndrome
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autism spectrum disorders
Communication disorders
• Developmental coordination disorders (dyspraxia)
• Developmental delays
Down syndrome
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Learning disorders
Spina bifida

Education about living with these conditions is an important part of what we do to help patients and their families. We work with you to develop a plan for in-home care and offer recommendations for communicating with the school system, your child’s teachers, and others involved in your child’s care.
Coordinated Care
Treatment for these complex disorders often requires collaboration among specialists from various divisions at Children’s National. This multidisciplinary care is coordinated through the following programs and divisions, and together with you — the most important member of your child’s care team:
Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Executive Function Program
Hearing and Speech Services
Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinic
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
When your child needs to see another specialist, our team can assist with referrals to departments within Children’s National, community resources, and other health professionals in the Washington, DC area.

Research at Children’s National
Children’s doctors and scientists collaborate on research to learn more about healthy brain development and how developmental conditions affect brain function and growth. We believe that better understanding leads to improved treatments in the short term and, one day, preventive care that lessens the effects of these disabilities and the disorders that cause them.

Children’s National currently oversees the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) in Washington, DC, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Partners include investigators from George Washington University and Georgetown University. We continue to learn more about these conditions, and endeavor to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients and their families.

To learn more about our current research studies, speak with your child’s doctor or a member of the care team.

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