For many of the parents in our community, receiving a CP diagnosis for their child was extremely difficult. Members have shared stories of hospitals withholding medical records, doctors evading and pediatricians taking a ‘wait-and-see’ approach. 

At CPFN, we firmly believe that you should never be left in the dark when it comes to your child’s care and well being. If you are wondering whether your child may have CP, you shouldn’t need to jump through hoops to find out. That’s why we have developed the tools and provided the information necessary to help you every step of the way. 

Milestone Quiz

Many parents begin to worry about the health and well-being of their child when he or she consistently misses key developmental milestones. Unfortunately, when parents present these concerns to their pediatrician, the recommendation is often to take a 'wait and see' approach. In some cases, this prevents parents from seeking the care - be it through physical therapy, medical devices and/or other medical assistance - that can help their child develop key skills earlier in life. In order to support parents who are concerned about their child's development, we created an easy online quiz that helps parents understand what to do next. While it is useful to many parents, it is important to remember that no quiz can replace the expert guidance and insight that can be provided by a physician.

Indicators of Cerebral Palsy

As parents, we know our children and being told to “wait and see” when we suspect a problem does not sit well or provide much consolation. Below are a few questions you may have asked yourself if you were wondering whether your child may have CP. Each question is a potential indicator of CP – and clicking on each one will provide a detailed explanation and insight into how these questions relate to CP.

 

How is CP Diagnosed?

Cerebral Palsy is often diagnosed as one of two forms:

  1. Congenital Cerebral Palsy, due to injuries that occurred during pregnancy or birth
  2. Acquired Cerebral Palsy, due to injuries sustained in the months or years following birth

Following an observational diagnosis by a physician or pediatrician, multiple scans and tests are conducted to check your child for neurological irregularities. If these tests are positive and a diagnosis of CP is confirmed, 3 tests are used to assess the level of severity, using a range from 1 – 5, with 1 being mild and 5 being the most severe.

Take a deeper look into the specifics of the CP diagnosis process.

Early Intervention

Receiving a CP diagnosis allows parents to move forward and begin pursuing treatment and therapy options for their child. Early intervention is key to providing children with CP with the highest quality of life possible.