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Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery Clinical Programs

Concussion Program

A concussion can be a life altering event that can impact everyday activities such as attending school, participating in sports and clubs, and socializing with friends. Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Concussion Program provides an individualized approach to healing the brain in order to return children to doing the things that matter most to them, and in the most timely and healthy way possible.

Learn more about our Pediatric Concussion Program

Epilepsy Center

The Pediatric Epilepsy Center provides promising treatment and surgical options to infants and children with varying forms and degrees of epilepsy and seizure disorders. It is equipped with the latest technology for continuous video monitoring of seizures. Specialists perform audiovisual and EEG monitoring to diagnose and pinpoint the affected area.

The multidisciplinary team consists of pediatric epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, neuroradiology and neuropathology. Working together, the team customizes treatment to deliver intensive and innovative therapeutic and diagnostic services.

Together with Yale School of Medicine, we are participating in multi-center trials including a one for childhood absence epilepsy and an outcome of epilepsy surgery. Several medical treatments are available to patients including antiepileptic drugs, ketogenic diet and other alternative treatments. 

Learn more about the ketogenic diet
Learn more about the Pediatric Epilepsy Center

Movement Disorders Clinic

At the Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic, children with dystonia, chorea, myoclonus, tremor, motor tics, stereotypies and other paroxysmal disorders of movement are evaluated and treated. Working closely with the Child Study Center at Yale, the Yale Comprehensive Movement Disorders Program, and Neurosurgeons, the team provides comprehensive evaluation and enhanced treatment options. The clinic is located at the Pediatric Specialty Center inside Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Multiple Sclerosis Center

The multidisciplinary team at the Center evaluate and treat children with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a chronic central nervous system disease that causes symptoms ranging from numbness to weakness. The disease has different effects in children whose brains are still developing. Specially trained pediatric neurologists evaluate and treat children and provide patients the unique opportunity to participate in clinical trials. Children less than 12 years of age are seen at the Pediatric Specialty Center at One Long Wharf in New Haven and children 13 years old and above are seen at the Yale Multiple Sclerosis Center in North Haven.

Muscular Dystrophy Program

The Pediatric Muscular Dystrophy Program at Yale New Haven cares for numerous neuromuscular diagnoses. And it is one of only five pediatric MDA clinics in New England.

Find out more about Muscular Dystrophy

Spina Bifida Program

The Spina Bifida Program brings together expert pediatric specialists from neurology, neurodevelopment, orthopedics, urology, nursing, physical therapy and social work to provide children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus coordinated care. Customized treatment plans are developed with the input of each team member and the patient family. Plans are based on the patient’s unique needs and address the evolving medical concerns and psychosocial development of each child.

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital is proud to be the first and only in Connecticut and throughout the region to offer in-utero surgical treatment for myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida. Learn more about this condition and the treatment we provide through our Fetal Care Center

Spine Program

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Spine Program provides compassionate, expert care for children with conditions affecting the spine. Our multidisciplinary team of orthopedic and neurology specialists offer the highest level of care through innovative therapies and treatments with non-surgical and surgical options for pediatric patients.  

Learn more about our Pediatric Spine Program

Tone and Spasticity Clinic

The Tone and Spasticity Clinic provides a thorough evaluation and treatment of children and young adults with spasticity and abnormal muscle tone associated with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions that affect the brain and or spinal cord. The multidisciplinary team  include specialists in Orthopedics, Physiatry (Rehabilitation Medicine specialist), Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work.

Patients receive a customized treatment plan designed specifically for their individual needs. It address all aspects of a patient’s evolving medical concerns and psychosocial development. Patients may be seen for a one time consultation or on an ongoing basis for their care. An emphasis is placed on supporting families and caregivers and involving them in decisions regarding treatment options. 

Patients are seen at the Pediatric Specialty Center at 1 Long Wharf in New Haven. Complex medical, surgical or psychosocial issues, spasticity, and pain are addressed during the visit with all members of the team collaborating with the patient and family. 

Please call 203-688-4221 for more information or to schedule an office visit. 

Giana's Story

Giana's Story

Giana Cardonita survived a potentially deadly brain tumor, thanks to the expertise and resources at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. She then went on to become a Bulldog Buddy for the Yale University Women's Hockey Team.