The Waisman Center is committed to providing high-quality services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. CP is the most common cause of severe motor disability in children. Up to one-half of children with CP may have a co-occurring intellectual disability. Research suggests that 60 percent of children with CP have communication problems, yet many do not receive appropriate interventions until they experience significant communication challenges.
Cerebral Palsy Clinic
The Waisman Center Cerebral Palsy Clinic is an interdisciplinary team of professionals addresses the complex needs of children up to 21 years of age with cerebral palsy (CP) and other neurological conditions that affect motor development.
CASC - Augmentative Communication Aids & Systems Clinic
The CASC team’s speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists partner with families to provide highly specialized, cutting-edge augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children and adults experiencing significant communication difficulties.
Neuromotor Development Clinic
The Waisman Center Neuromotor Development Clinic is an interdisciplinary team of professionals works together to evaluate the needs of young children (generally under three years of age) with motor disability including early cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions that affect motor development.
The mission of the Waisman Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is to support the full inclusion and self determination of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Autism is a major area of focus.
Cerebral Palsy Day with the Experts
Learn about the latest advances in cerebral palsy research and clinical services and hear from a panel of experts-individuals with cerebral palsy and family members. Visit the archives page to view past presentations and download handouts.
Southern Regional Center for CYSHCN
The Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program regional center located at the Waisman Center.
Epidemiology of Cerebral Palsy
WISADDS is a multi-source public health surveillance project that monitors the prevalence of autism spectrums disorders (ASDs), cerebral palsy (CP), and co-occurring intellectual disability (ID) in 8-year-old children within a 10-county area in southeastern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Intelligibility, Speech, and Communication Laboratory
Katherine C. Hustad, PhD, leads several longitudinal studies focused on communication development in children with CP. These studies aim to characterize changes in speech and language abilities from infancy through adolescence in this heterogeneous population.
Pediatric Neuromodulation Lab
The lab's current studies focus on infants and children with early brain injury and resultant diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Specifically, we investigate how the brain recovers and develops after early injury, and the development of new interventions with rehabilitation to optimize lifelong outcomes.
Cerebral Palsy News & Studies Recruiting
Cerebral Palsy News
Let’s talk numbers: Epidemiology of intellectual and developmental disabilities research at the Waisman Center
In 2001, newborn screening of Hmong babies had an alarming number of positive results for an enzyme deficiency called MBADD.
From brain stimulation to speech and language interventions, Waisman researchers are making strides to better understand and treat individuals with cerebral palsy
More than 10,000 children are born each year with cerebral palsy (CP) making it the most common motor disability in childhood.
The Waisman Center’s comprehensive care and strides toward early interventions for children with cerebral palsy: Clinics and outreach
The clinics and the research laboratories of the Waisman Center intertwine to care for individuals with cerebral palsy. The mission is one: to improve the outcomes for individuals with cerebral palsy.
Understanding recovery and development in children
Early interventions in children with cerebral palsy can be pivotal to improving motor and cognitive outcomes. The focus of this study is to longitudinally assess, over the first two years of life, the recovery and development of the infant brain after early stroke or brain bleed.
Waisman CP Clinic strikes a balance
Twins Sebastian and Charlotte Sundly are quite the contrasting pair, yet they balance one another out perfectly in some interesting and unexpected ways.
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Cerebral Palsy-Related Studies Recruiting
Resources & Services
Resources & Services
Research Participation | 800.965.9205; 608.263.5192; firstname.lastname@example.org; Participate in Research
The Waisman Center’s Research Registry links individuals and families to research projects at the Waisman Center. The Waisman Center maintains a confidential registry of families and individuals who would like to be contacted about upcoming research projects. Enrollment in the Research Registry does not obligate an individual or family to participate in any study.
Community Outreach for Children with Challenging Behaviors | 608.265.9438; cow.waisman.wisc.edu/ties
Community Training, Intervention and Evaluations Services (TIES) is an outreach program for children and adults with developmental disabilities who present various challenging behaviors, including withdrawal, aggression and self-injury. The mission of Community TIES is to address behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs using therapeutic approaches that insure continued participation in the community. TIES provides counseling, crisis response, psychiatric consultation, parent education and support, and training for personnel and program consultation in local human service agencies. Directed by Josh Lapin, MSW, and funded by Dane County, this program maintains an active caseload of approximately 250 children and adults in Dane County.
Well Badger Resource Center | 800-642-7837; text: (608) 360-9328; email@example.com; https://www.wellbadger.org/
When you have questions about health and social services, figuring out where to go when you need help can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it easier. Well Badger Resource Center is your one-stop connection to community, social, health, and government programs — a place to find what you need, when you need it.