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.
Video Series: Cerebral Palsy
There's a lot to think about when you're raising a child with cerebral palsy. From health care and schooling to recreation and friendships, you want what's best for your child. Find advice, resources and support in the videos below from experts who care for kids with CP.
See the comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Center on Nemours' KidsHealth.org.
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:
- orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons
- EEG lab to diagnose seizures
- psychologists, physical therapists
- occupational therapists
- speech therapists
- clinical nurse specialists, to coordinate all services
- orthotists, technicians who work with assistive devices like braces
- gait specialists, technicians who analyze how a person walks
- social workers, nutritionists and other professionals for consultation and treatment as needed
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.
For Appointments: (407) 650-7715
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 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
- any forms required for school, camp, sports, etc.
- a list of prior immunizations
Bring these forms for your first appointment:
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
Pediatric orthopedists, neurologists, therapists and other specialists at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando are experts at helping children with cerebral palsy reach their full potential. Because children with cerebral palsy 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.
Nemours physicians who treat cerebral palsy are board-certified pediatric specialists who care for kids from birth to age 18. And we can usually schedule multiple appointments all in one day, so your child can see orthopedic and other specialists as needed. For your convenience, some of our specialists also see patients at our Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations in downtown Orlando and Lake Mary.
A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.
You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.
Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless Internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.
Other in-room features include:
- full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
- refrigerator for family meals and snacks
- wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
- GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the Web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.
Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.
We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
- complimentary valet and parking
- kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
- café and coffee shop
- nondenominational chapel
- concierge services
If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Our unique services include:
- interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
- neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
- Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.
Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.
We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.
At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.
If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.
A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.
Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.