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No ordinary boy

Born with a one-of-a-kind genetic variance, 2-year-old William Schlimm learned to walk with the help of rehabilitation services at Children’s Minnesota.

For Health Professionals

Our genetic counselors are available to help you determine whether a genetic consultation may be helpful. Children’s Physician Access is available 24/7 with a representative on the line throughout the call to assist with referrals, consultations and admissions and to provide general information.

Locations and Contact Us

Visiting us? Get all the information you need to get to our locations and contact us.

Resources

We know you may want to dig for more information, so we gathered these materials and resources from organizations in Minnesota and beyond. There are so many excellent resources for families we could not include them all. We will be happy to provide additional resources upon request or at your visit with the genetic clinic.

What to expect

Most families come to us because a primary care physician has referred them to the genetics clinic. Depending on your child's age, before the first visit, talk about it with your child. You can use our Patient Family Education materials as a guide, including this overview on genetic conditions. (Hmong, Somali, and Spanish translations available at link). Show your child a photo of the doctor from our directory. With younger kids, it may also help to draw pictures (stick figures work just fine!).

Meet the Team

When you want answers, you want to talk to experts. They work as a team to evaluate, diagnose, and treat your child. And every family who comes through our clinic door at Children's Minnesota meets with a genetic counselor as well as a board certified geneticist or advanced practice registered nurse with additional training in genetics.

Outcomes and research

At Children's Minnesota, we focus on research and innovations that make a difference in the care of our patients. From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens, to developing new pain management approaches and adopting cutting-edge technologies, our research is completely kid and family-focused.

Conditions and Services

The genomic medicine program specializes in helping children with complex needs and birth defects on every step of their journey. We help families searching for the causes of their child’s medical problems as well as those who have already received a specific diagnosis and are looking for support and treatment.

Genomics

We are the only genomic medicine program in Minnesota that focuses exclusively on caring for kids and uses the latest clinical advances in genomics to deliver the best care. We specialize in diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of genetic conditions — from the common to the most complex and rare. In fact, we have a rare disorders clinic for children who do not have a diagnosis for their condition and we help these families get answers.

Andrews journey: a life of great purpose and meaning

Andrew Schmidt was the first person in Minnesota to be diagnosed with Pallister-Killian syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes cognitive delays.