Cerebral Palsy

A child with cerebral palsy hugs a doctor

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the name for a series of neurological disorders caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movement. Cerebral palsy symptoms can be daunting, and cerebral palsy treatment can be overwhelming. Our orthopedists, neurologists, and other specialists and practitioners work together as a team doing whatever it takes to support children with cerebral palsy and their families.

 
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Because cerebral palsy symptoms can vary from child to child, children with cerebral palsy need specialized care tailored to their own individual needs. And although there's no cure, a variety of resources and therapies can provide help and improve the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy.

As soon as CP is diagnosed, a child can begin therapy for movement, learning, speech, hearing and social and emotional development. Pediatric cerebral palsy treatment also may include medication, surgery or braces to help improve muscle function.

Our Cerebral Palsy Program teams include a wide array of pediatric medical and allied health professionals (therapists and technicians), including:

For children with cerebral palsy, compassion and kindness are just as important as advanced training, technology and experience. That’s why it’s good to know that we’ll be with you every step of the way. Our pediatric team will work with your family and your child’s other doctors to ensure that your child is able to maintain maximum functionality while experiencing minimal pain and discomfort throughout our pediatric cerebral palsy treatment.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments & Referrals:
(302) 651-5913, select option 2

Nemours Cerebral Palsy Center and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Support Services & Information
  • CaringBridge: visit this free site offering support and communication to help your family through your child's medical journey
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: a safe, free, family-centered home away from home when your child is sick and needs to be hospitalized
  • Plan Your Visit: Learn what to expect when you visit us, from overnight stays to preparing for surgery

The Cerebral Palsy Center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is one of a very few in the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated solely to caring for children with cerebral palsy, treating more than 3,000 children every year.

Because children with cerebral palsy and other complex conditions often need to see many specialists, our family-friendly program provides access to doctors in many fields, working together as a team right here at the hospital.

And we can usually schedule multiple appointments all in one day for your child to see orthopedic and other specialists.