All children have an illness or two during their early years. For most, the problems are mild and come and go with no lasting effects on their development. But for some, chronic health conditions must be managed because they can’t be cured, and these special needs can have profound effects on the entire family. The Pediatric Special Services Clinic at UTMB can help, with a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for and treating medically complex children and their families. “This clinic exists because we defined an increased need to provide outpatient medical attention to children with chronic physical or mental conditions,” says Dr. Sally Robinson, professor of pediatrics in the Division of Children’s Special Services. “We can offer our patients and their families services with a team approach to address their needs from all angles. Our patients suffer from chronic diseases such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or a variety of intellectual difficulties. I am on a team that includes a physical therapist, occupational therapist, pediatric nurse practitioner, dietician, speech therapist, school liaison, and access to social workers.”