Posts in 'Patient Care'

Dyskinesia and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Patient Care, Prenatal Care and Childbirth, Tips for Parents

Dyskinesia by definition is a movement disorder. Involuntary (not within a person’s control) muscle contractions create uncontrollable bodily movements. These involuntary movements are often triggered when trying to perform everyday tasks, such as reaching for a glass of water. There are three general categories of dyskinetic movement disorders: Dystonia presents as twisting and repetitive type... Read More

Apraxia and Cerebral Palsy: How Are They Linked?

Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Information, Patient Care

From balance and posture to speech and vision, cerebral palsy can affect a wide range of your child’s abilities and symptoms. Some children who develop cerebral palsy also have related complications and disorders, such as apraxia of speech. Discover how apraxia and cerebral palsy may be linked, and learn more about diagnosis and treatment for... Read More

Patient-Centered Care: A Must Have for Our Kids

Patient Care, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor When you read the words “Patient-Centered Care,” what comes to your mind? When I first encountered the phrase, I was confused. Shouldn’t all medicine be ‘patient-centered’ since it is about the patient and, if this is new, what was the approach before? CP Research Study Seeks Parents... Read More

Feeding Tubes for Nutrition and Medication

Patient Care, Updates

By John Lehman Sometimes, depending on the severity of the disorder, children with cerebral palsy have difficulties feeding themselves. In these cases, a feeding tube may be necessary for your child to meet his or her dietary and nutritional requirements. Feeding tubes could also be used to allow your child an easier way to take... Read More

DIY Blenderized Diets for Tube Feeding

Patient Care, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Some children with severe cerebral palsy have feeding disorders which require tube feeding. Children who are unable to fulfill their nutritional needs using traditional feeding methods, those with oral motor skill dysfunction or children at risk for aspiration are typically candidates for tube feeding. Often, doctors prescribe... Read More

The Benefits of Family-Centered Care

Patient Care, Updates

Many, if not most, treatment plans for children with CP are centered exclusively on the child. While a child’s interests must always be considered, the narrow focus of such plans can overlook crucial factors, like “living environment” and “family dynamic.” Read More

Adaptive Seating Devices for Children with CP

Featured Posts, Patient Care, Updates

Technically speaking, adaptive seating is defined as “modifications to seating devices to improve sitting posture and/or postural control in mobility-impaired individuals.” In layman’s terms, this means your child may use a special desk or wheelchair that has been personalized to meet their needs. Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?