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.
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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:
- 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.