The Importance of Speech Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Therapies, Patient Care

Many children with cerebral palsy experience some level of challenge with speech. Their challenges could be due to cognitive delays and learning disorders or might be the result of damage to the area of the brain that facilitates speech. Augmentative communication devices have opened doors and given new lives to many individuals, providing a means... Read More

Is Cerebral Palsy Caused at Birth?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

A vast majority of cerebral palsy cases will occur before birth, while a baby is still in the womb. In fact, some organizations show that this number might be as high as 70%. When cerebral palsy is caused in the womb or during childbirth, it’s called “congenital” cerebral palsy. A much smaller portion of cerebral... Read More

Physical Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Therapies

Physical therapy is a branch of medicine directed at the rehabilitation of muscles and the musculoskeletal system. It helps improve mobility and uses a variety of equipment and exercises to help patients achieve or improve abilities. Although there is no standard therapy that works for every individual with cerebral palsy, many children with CP can... Read More

Potential Causes of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Birth and delivery put stress on a baby. To protect the baby and minimize the dangers of giving birth, medical professionals must use extreme care during labor, including monitoring fetal heart rate changes from baseline—a marker of fetal well-being—to ensure that the baby is getting enough oxygen and is non-acidotic. When a baby is deprived... Read More

Potential Signs of Cerebral Palsy in 7-8-Month-Olds

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development

Most children in the United States are not diagnosed with cerebral palsy until they are 2 years of age, on average. However, many children show signs of this condition at a much earlier age. Early diagnosis often leads to better outcomes as children can enter early intervention programs sooner. Take a closer look at some... Read More

What Are the Potential Signs of Cerebral Palsy in 9-12-Month-Olds?

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development

The time leading up to a baby’s first birthday is very exciting for many families. However, it’s also a time that some parents realize their child isn’t meeting common developmental milestones. The following behaviors could be a sign that your 9- to 12-month-old child has cerebral palsy. Motor Skill Difficulties in 9- to 12-Month-Olds Most... Read More

What Are the Potential Signs of Cerebral Palsy in 5-6-Month-Olds?

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development

Cerebral palsy (CP) happens when brain damage affects an individual’s ability to control muscle movements adequately. Several conditions can result in this type of brain injury, including lack of oxygen, maternal infection, head injury, bleeding in the brain and problems with blood supply getting to the brain before birth. While some families may receive a... Read More

Potential Signs of Cerebral Palsy in 3-4-Month-Olds

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects brain development and typically results in movement issues and abnormal muscle tone that can affect a child’s motor and normal developmental skills. CP is often caused by complications during labor and delivery, or circumstances immediately after birth. While it’s possible for a child to receive a CP... Read More

What Are the Potential Signs of Cerebral Palsy in Infants and Toddlers?

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development

Cerebral palsy is typically characterized by a child’s inability to control their muscles, and it may be first apparent in a child’s struggle to achieve developmental milestones. Sometimes, CP is the result of brain damage sustained during labor and delivery. While some children with CP receive a diagnosis in the first few months of birth,... Read More

Cerebral Palsy Nutrition Guide

Patient Care, Tips for Parents

All children need a nutritious and balanced diet for healthy development. But children with cerebral palsy have certain physical challenges and potential nutritional deficiencies that make it crucial to carefully monitor and plan their daily diet. For those reasons, nutrition therapy is often an integral part of caring for a child with CP. Do Children... Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?