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Penn State Children’s Hospital – Cerebral Palsy Clinic – Hershey
As the only Level I pediatric trauma center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, we offer more than 20 pediatric specialties in Hershey and more than 30 outpatient locations throughout Pennsylvania.
The Children’s Hospital is an ultramodern facility designed around the principles of family-centered care.
Cerebral Palsy Clinic
We offer cerebral palsy patients and their families a team of experienced specialists from approximately 10 different areas at the Children’s Hospital who come together to ensure your child is receiving every treatment possible to maximize his or her quality of life.
All of our services are available in one location, and our doctors – many of whom have been treating children with cerebral palsy for more than 20 years – have more experience treating cerebral palsy than most other hospitals. We work with the child, his or her family, and other team members to ensure the maximum functionality and mobility for each child.
It’s important as children grow that they are as independent as possible when it comes to sitting upright, walking, balancing, using their hands, and feeding and caring for themselves. We also want to limit their pain and discomfort.
Your first visit to our cerebral palsy clinic may come after a visit to a pediatrician who noticed some abnormalities in your child’s motor skills or a delayed growth factor, usually between ages 2 and 3, but sometimes up to age 5. After you’ve been referred, our orthopaedic surgeons are the first to fully evaluate each patient to make a diagnosis.
Other specialists, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, rehabilitation specialists, and a variety of therapists are arranged through our clinic as needed for diagnosis or treatment. Our nurse care coordinators will take care of these appointments for you.