Find information on diagnoses, organize medical information with a Care Notebook, create a plan of care, find support through others with similar experiences, or look up community-based resources from our site. 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.

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 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.

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

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