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The brain of a child is unique, not simply a smaller version of the adult brain. During infancy and childhood, more than a hundred billion brain cells develop highly specialized integrated networks, a critical process that allows child to walk, talk and learn small motor skills.

The process of development puts the child's brain in a delicate balance, on one hand it is extremely vulnerable to disease and injury; pediatric brain disorders are very common and the number of children affected is on the rise nationwide.

The developing pediatric brain also shows remarkable resilience and capability to rewire, a unique phenomenon called plasticity that provides a window of opportunity for neurological recovery only during the first decade of life.

This delicate balance poses special challenges to the care of the child's brain. 

Our comprehensive program provides care to children with specific and complex medical needs. A team of dedicated pediatric neurological specialists provide family centered care offering the latest treatment options and outreach activities.

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