Pediatric Movem​ent Disorders Program

The Pediatric Movement Disorders Program at Lurie Children’s provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children with movement disorders. Movement disorders in children affect the speed and quality of movement leading to too much movement, too little movement or problems with balance and coordination. Children’s movement disorders can come as a result of genetic or metabolic conditions, autoimmune disorders, infections, strokes, traumatic brain injury, toxins or medications.

We treat children with the following conditions:

  • Tics
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Tremor
  • Dystonia
  • Spasticity
  • Chorea
  • Juvenile Huntington’s disease
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinsonism
  • Ataxia

Secondary movement disorders due to underlying genetic or metabolic disorders.

The Lurie Children’s Difference

Our program is the only pediatric movement disorders program in the Chicago metropolitan area. It is led by one of the few pediatric movement disorders trained specialists in the country. 

The multidisciplinary program combines the expertise of various movement disorders specialists, including: 

  • Neurologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Physiatrists

The Divisions of Genetics, Neuro-radiology and Neurosurgery at Lurie Children’s and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab​ (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) are also part of the team. Together, we provide state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatment such as deep brain stimulation. We also participate in research and clinical trials.

What to​ Expect

During your visit, your child will be evaluated at one of our outpatient locations. Specialty movement disorders clinics are available at Lurie Children’s Main Hospital or our Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park.

Additional testing and consultation may be arranged depending on your child’s condition. These tests or consultations may include:

If possible, please bring a video of your child’s movements, especially if these movements are not constant and might not be seen during a visit. Your child may be videotaped for clinical, educational or research purposes. 

Our S​pecialists

The Pediatric Movement Disorders Program is led by Joanna Blackburn, MD. Dr. Blackburn is an Attending Physician in Neurology and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics-Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in neurology with qualifications in child neurology.

Make an Appoin​​tment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.

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