Cerebral Palsy Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Program

The Comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an interdisciplinary clinic devoted to providing state of the art holistic care for children, adolescents and adults with cerebral palsy. The CP Program emphasizes excellence in clinical care while focusing on translational research to improve therapies for children and adults with CP.
The cornerstone of our program is the Interdisciplinary Team Clinic. Your family will see a variety of specialists in a single clinic visit. These include Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Orthopedics; Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy; Nutrition; and Social Work. Testing, such as X-rays or lab work, is available as needed. Your family will also be linked with medical, educational, social and financial resources in the community as needed. 
At the conclusion of the clinic visit, the team meets and constructs a care plan for each patient. This care plan is sent to the family, PCP, and relevant other agencies, and is available electronically. This is a road map for future care planning that improves communication and “paints a picture” of the whole patient.

Our Clinics

For your family's convenience, the Cerebral Palsy Program provides several clinic options to meet your child’s specific needs:

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Center
479 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43215

  • Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Interdisciplinary CP team clinic for children up to age 22.
  • One Monday per month, 8 a.m.-noon, Interdisciplinary CP team clinic for adults 22 years and older.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Main Campus
T1A Clinic
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

  • One Friday per month, the CP “Main” Clinic to evaluate children for CP or other motor problems, and to link families to resources while awaiting an appointment in the Team clinic.  This clinic is staffed by the Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician.
  • One Thursday per month, Interdisciplinary Spasticity Clinic. In this clinic, patients are evaluated for management of their spasticity through surgical interventions, such as an Intrathecal Baclofen Pump or Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy.  Team members come from Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics, PT, OT, and Social Work.

Appointments Outside These Clinics

Patients already established with the CP program can be seen for urgent or routine visits as needed.  We encourage all patients to maintain a close relationship with their Primary Care Physician and would refer all non-CP related questions back to the PCP. Issues felt to be related to the CP can be addressed through visits with the specific team member as needed.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Cerebral Palsy Program at (614) 722-5136 or CerebralPalsy@NationwideChildrens.org.

Additional Information 

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Referral Information

If you think your child or family could benefit from Nationwide Children’s Cerebral Palsy Program, please call (614) 722-5136 to request an appointment.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000