University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cerebral Palsy Clinic


Clinic photo of patient with mom and clinician

The Waisman Center Clinics provide comprehensive clinical care and support for children with disabilities and their families. The Waisman Center Cerebral Palsy Clinic is a partnership with UW Health and the American Family Children’s Hospital. An interdisciplinary team of professionals works together to address the complex needs of children up to 21 years of age with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions that affect motor development.

Children and their families receive a comprehensive evaluation with follow-up care and re-evaluation by the core interdisciplinary staff from: rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and nursing. Strong relationships with the families of clients and linkages with other community service agencies and specialty health care providers are in place to insure that services meet commonly recognized and agreed upon goals.


If you are interested in an appointment, please have your/your child’s primary care provider fill out a referral at  We will call you to schedule an appointment once we have processed the referral.

  • Prior to your appointment, a packet of materials will be sent to you including directions to the Waisman Center.
  • All clinic visitors should park in stalls outlined in blue and give their license plate number to the schedulers upon check-in. (See map and directions on back.)
  • Our clinic is located on the first floor of the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Avenue. Plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. Check in at the clinic reception desk located just beyond the Waisman Center’s main lobby.
  • A medical assistant may obtain your child’s height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. You and your child will be taken to an examination room.
  • A rehabilitation medicine physician will obtain a thorough health history, examine your child, discuss the evaluation and answer any questions.
  • Other professionals may also provide evaluations and/or consultations.

NOTE: Full visit information will be shared in writing with you and your child’s primary health care provider, subspecialists, and others as indicated by signed release of information forms.


  • Provide initial and follow-up visits to address concerns related to cerebral palsy and related conditions in the areas of: feeding, growth, mobility and self-care skills, communication, behavior, therapy and equipment, recommendations, support services, and coordination of health care needs.
  • Provide individualized assessments from any or all team members related to the particular needs of the child as identified by their parent or guardian.
  • Support and advocate for the patient and family.


Matthew Halanski, MD

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Michael Ward, MD

Rehabilitation Medicine

Clinic Team

Mary Locast, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Abygail Marx, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Laurie Matzdorf, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Betsy Zahn, PT

Physical Therapist