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 & Referrals:
(302) 651-5913, select option 2
- 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
- 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
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.
Many children with cerebral palsy (CP), spina bifida and other neuromuscular conditions have difficulty walking. Their gait, which includes walking, stepping or running, can be unsteady, awkward or labored resulting in falls or even injuries.
The Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory Team uses computer technology and clinical measurements to help diagnose and treat specific gait problems.