The Brain Institute

Genetic Evaluation and Counseling Program

The genetic and metabolic services associated with Nicklaus Children's Hospital renowned Brain Institute feature a unique multidisciplinary clinical approach to diagnosis and treatment of complex genetic and metabolic disorders that offers unparallelled convenience and support for patients and their families.

Genetic assesment for children/infants who present any of the following:

  • Dysmorphic features
  • Autism
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Hypotonia
  • Seizures
  • Failure to thrive
  • Cancer (or family history of cancer)
  • Neurogenetic or metabolic disorders


Patients with a variety of genetic or suspected genetic conditions are seen by a board-certified genetic counselor and clinical geneticist for counseling. The team gathers detailed medical and family history information, assessing risk for offspring and family members and discussing the origin of any findings. Genetic testing options are also discussed. 

Genetic counseling offered for the following referrals:

  • Family history of a genetic condition
  • Previous pregnancy with an abnormality/genetic condition
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Teratogen exposure
  • Ethnicity tha may increase risk
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Abnormal prenatal testing
  • Ultrasound anomalies
Contact the Brain Institute
 786-624-2381

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