Boyer was organized in 1942 by a group of doctors, parents and volunteers to provide services for children with cerebral palsy in a community setting. Today, 75 years later, Boyer continues to be a leader and highly-valued resource in the community promoting services for children with neuromuscular disabilities and developmental delays.
Boyer is the largest provider of early intervention services in Seattle for children birth to teen (focused primarily on children age birth to three), serving over 900 children and their families annually. We have two locations: our flagship site in the Montlake neighborhood, and our new satellite clinic in Magnuson Park. Depending on each child’s needs, Boyer establishes an interdisciplinary team that may include therapists, a developmental pediatrician, nurses, educators, social workers and family resources coordinators to maximize identification, consultation and integration of services.
Throughout its history, Boyer staff, Board, parents and volunteers have played active roles in establishing services in the community for children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders. Boyer promoted acceptance of children with cerebral palsy into the public schools in the fifties. It has provided trained staff in outlying areas through its professional education program, which began in the late sixties. Boyer was one of two programs (the other a hospital) upon which the state modeled its Neuromuscular Center Program. In the late seventies, Boyer trained doctors to identify infants at an early age so they could receive the benefits of early intervention.
Since 1968, Boyer Children’s Clinic has had a major impact on the treatment of children with cerebral palsy in the United States. In that year, Boyer became a leading training center for the NeuroDevelopmental Treatment Method (NDT), a standard therapy method for children with cerebral palsy. More than 1,700 doctors, nurses, teachers, physical, occupational and speech therapists have come from 46 states, 6 Canadian provinces, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Belgium, India and New Zealand, to be trained in the NDT method. In the Northwest alone, students have come from 66 separate cities in Washington, 14 in Oregon, 5 in Alaska, 5 in Idaho, and 17 in British Columbia.
In August of 1991, the original building at 1850 Boyer Avenue East was demolished and a new building was constructed. During the year of construction, the program continued at a temporary site. In September 1992, the new facility was opened and an Open House was held on April 18, 1993.
In 2015, a $1 million Capital Campaign was publicly launched to support the opening of a second clinic in North Seattle. Boyer had been operating at capacity for quite some time, and the expansion deemed necessary to meet the ever-growing needs of the community. In July of 2016, the Campaign was completed, and the new clinic in Magnuson Park welcomed its first clients.