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The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology

About our Clinic at Texas Children's Hospital
The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, now located in Texas Children's Hospital, was founded in 1949 and is the largest pediatric neurology clinic in the United States. The Neurology Department at Texas Children's Hospital is ranked #2 in the nation according to the 2022-2023 News and World Report. The only facility of its kind in the Southwest, the clinic provides a comprehensive approach to all patients, including a thorough medical and neurological examination as well as an assessment of their emotional, educational, and social needs. It specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for neurological disorders in children. With over 40,000 scheduled visits each year between this clinic and other sub-specialty clinics at Texas Children's, providers see patients with a diverse array of neurological conditions ranging from the common to the very rare.

The large team of specialists in The Blue Bird Circle Clinic cares for patients with more than 450 neurological disorders including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, sleep disorders, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, headaches, attention disorders, stroke, cortical malformations, and brain tumors.

The Clinic also diagnoses and treats rare disorders as Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Batten Disease, and Prader-Willi syndrome, and participates in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network as a clinical research site.

Satellite neurology clinics are located in Clear Lake, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, TCH West Campus, and Austin.
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Milestones

2004
2004
Start of Natural History study-related Rett Syndrome (Currently still running)
2013
2013
Minimally invasive MRI-Guided Interstitial Thermal Therapy for Epilepsy (Laser Ablation Epilepsy Surgery)
2018
2018
First Implant of Pediatric Epilepsy Patient with Responsive Neurostimulator (RNS). This therapy allows for the treatment of focal epilepsy patients that would not have been previously candidates for Epilepsy Surgery. First Dedicated Pediatric Neuro Intensive Care Monitoring Opened as Part of TCH Legacy Tower Opening
2019
2019
Dedicated Infantile Spasms Clinic – Focused on timely treatment of patients suspected of Infantile Spasms to decrease morbidity and improve long-term outcomes for these patients.
2020
2020
Availability of four unique gene therapies for Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy offered through the MDA Clinic at BBC Clinic. BCM/TCH Enrollment of the Rare Disease Network through the NIH as a clinical site.
2021
2021
Texas Mandated Screening begins Summer of 2021 for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in newborns and subsequent rapid Follow-up clinic at TCH to start new gene therapies allowing for a significant reduction in morbidity and mortality for these patients. Opening of the Mitochondrial Disorders Clinic in the BBC Neurology Clinic – Focused Multidisciplinary clinic for patients to receive comprehensive care including genetics, neurology, palliative care and other subspecialties.
For further information, please contact:
Texas Children’s Hospital
832-822-5046
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FAQs About Our Pediatric Neurology Work

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Children’s neurology, or pediatric neurology, is the branch of medicine which addresses disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscles, specifically for infants, children, and adolescents.
A neurological disorder is characterized by a dysfunction in the brain or nervous system (spinal cord and nerves), and can present itself through physical and/or psychological symptoms. There is a wide variety of neurological disorders, including some which are present at birth versus others which are acquired later in life.
Common issues that pediatric neurology addresses are:
  • headaches
  • migraines
  • ADHD
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • cerebral palsy
  • childhood epilepsy
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • hydrocephalus
  • muscular dystrophy
  • neurofibromatosis
  • Tourette syndrome

If you suspect your child may have a neurological disorder, an evaluation by your child’s doctor and/or a pediatric neurologist is recommended. Early diagnosis and intervention can make a big difference in a child’s life. Signs to look out for are:
  • a decline in developmental milestones (i.e. your child loses a previous skill, such as walking or talking)
  • drastic changes in normal behavior
  • abnormal muscle tone at birth
  • seizures
  • staring/unresponsive moments
  • slow language and/or motor skills
For more information, please visit Child Neurology Society and Arc Children’s.

Yes. Pediatric Neurologists who specialize in behavioral neurology focus on treating conditions related to a child’s behavior, memory, and cognition.
Children with neurological disorders run into constant struggles to live a normal life. At The Blue Bird Circle, we fund research in pediatric neurology so children can have a brighter future.
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