Cerebral Palsy Treatment

There is no one therapy that works for every child who has cerebral palsy. If your doctors have decided that your child does have cerebral palsy, a team of health care professionals can help identify specific needs and then develop a treatment plan to help improve your child’s quality of life.

Although cerebral palsy cannot be cured, treatment will often improve a child’s capabilities. Many children with cerebral palsy go on to enjoy near normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed. In general, the earlier that treatment begins the better chance the child has of overcoming developmental disabilities, or of learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge them. Your doctor will determine which, if any, of these treatments might be appropriate for your child.

Who is on the Team?

Doctors may include:

  • Neonatologists
  • Pediatricians
  • Developmental Pediatricians
  • Neurologists
  • Orthopedists
  • Physiatrists (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Urologists
  • Otolaryngologists (Ear Nose and Throat physicians)
  • Genetic specialists

Other health care professionals may include:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists 
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Audiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Nutritionists/Dietitians
  • Orthotists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Music Therapists

Providers outside of the health care profession:

  • Teachers
  • Specialists in adaptive computer access
  • Legal consultants to aid understand the individual’s rights within the educational and healthcare systems.
  • Financial specialists to guide in planning for the child and families financial future.
  • Vocational rehabilitation specialists

Find Support

Is it cerebral palsy or something else?

Visit the My Child Without Limits support community and find the resources you need to get answers.

Resources:

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
www.dystonia-foundation.org

Metachromatic Leukodystrophy Foundation
www.mldfoundation.org

Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease Foundation
www.pmdfoundation.org