The Center for Children with Special Needs


The Center for Children with Special Needs provides information to families and professionals focusing on children who have chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions such as asthma, cancer, autism, or cerebral palsy.

We are a program of Seattle Children’s Hospital and primarily serve families in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). However, most of the information on this site is meant to be helpful, no matter where you live.

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Whether you are a parent or caregiver of a child with special needs, a professional who works with children with special needs and their families, or an individual with special needs, you will find helpful information on this site.

Please Note: We do not provide direct care or coordinate care for children with special needs.



The new Fall 2014 Linkages Newsletter is now available.

This edition focuses on resources and planning tools for children returning to school after a long illness or hospital stay.
If you are a professional who works with children with special needs, be sure to view our Fall 2014 Edition. 


The Special Needs Awareness Calendar

View a graphic that displays a listing of all of the special needs awareness dates divided by seasons. From the 



Center News

  • Are you interested in hearing Lauren Potter AKA ‘Becky Jackson’ from the hit TV series Glee talk about possibilities and potential for families and young people growing up with special needs?

    Join ParentMap in a special event to be held on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at Bellevue College (3000 Landerholm Cir SE Bellevue, WA. 98007)! This event will include expert speakers and a resource fair from local resources.