Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Motor Impairment Clinic

Our team works hand-in-hand with you and your child to assess, treat, and plan for motor delays and motor control issues. The most common treatments include oral medications, intramuscular injections, selective dorsal rhizotomy, intrathecal baclofen pump, deep brain stimulation, and serial casting. We create individual care plans or refer you to other specialists when helpful.

Our team

Alice Lawrence, M.D.
Heather Riordan, M.D.
Jennie Stevens, RN, MSN, CPNP
Shai Bynum, RN, MSN, CPNP


Ask your child’s primary care provider, neurologist, or orthopedic physician for a referral before making an appointment. Referring physicians may call (615) 936-0249 or fax a referral to (615) 936-0256.

Preparing for your visit
Ensure your child has had a good night’s sleep and has eaten a meal before coming to the clinic. Bring snacks or toys. If your child has therapists, we appreciate progress reports or a note from them. It is helpful to bring any braces, splints, walkers, or wheelchair to the evaluation.

Talk to your child's primary care doctor and school system about evaluations and therapies with a physical and occupational therapist. We help families with issues including

  • Motor delay
  • Motor impairment
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hypertonia
  • Dystonia
  • Spasticity
  • Ataxia
  • Brain injury
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Hemiplegia

Last Edited: October 19, 2016