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Cerebral palsy (sometimes just called CP) is a disorder that affects the muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. The cause of cerebral palsy is usually brain damage that occurs during or before the birth of a child, some time around birth but there are times when it. Sometimes it can be caused by an injury during the first 3 to 5 years of a child's life. The damage to the brain that causes CP usually lead to other health issues with vision, hearing, speech problems and learning disabilities.
While there is no cure for CP, treatment, therapy, special equipment and surgery can help your child living with this condition.
Finding the right care and equipment for your child can be tough, but we wrote a resource guide (Getting Everything Your Special Needs Child Deserves) to help you! This guide is FREE and can be requested by sending us an email at [email protected] or giving us a call at (202) 393-3200. In the meantime, here is some information you can use to get your child with CP all the things they will need (and deserve).
- Make sure your child is getting the care they need by ensuring they are receiving the right healthcare benefits:
- Medicaid: is a healthcare program for families who qualify based on income or limited resources.
- Medicare: is a federal health insurance program for people who have been getting Social Security disability benefits.
- The Children's Health Insurance Program: is a health insurance program for children whose families make too much to allow them to qualify for Medicaid but whose income is still too low to afford private health insurance.
- What types of treatments are available for your child?
- Make sure when you're taking your child to their doctor that you are asking questions. Have them explain your child's condition and treatment. Write down your questions and concerns and when you go on your next visit, lay it all out on the table. You will never unless you ask.
- Physical, Occupational, and Recreational Therapies:
- Physical therapy is a specific program of exercise and activities that prevent muscles your child cannot use from weakening and deteriorating.
- Occupational therapy is therapy that focuses on independence and mobility--helping the child learn to dress, eat and use the bathroom alone. This can help with overall functioning, posture, stamina and confidence.
- Recreational therapy is used to help children who are mildly impaired to improve gross motor skills as well as their self esteem and emotional well being.
- Find the right equipment for your child:
- Depending on the severity of your child's cerebral palsy, they may need special equipment-- wheelchairs, braces, car seats, etc-- for everyday life. Here is a link to where you can find some information on the different types of equipment needed: Cerebral Palsy Equipment and Accessories.
- Some organizations like The Lollipop Kids Foundation, help families in D.C. and Maryland find the equipment needed for children with special needs and cerebral palsy.
We have helped many families and children with cerebral palsy get what they need and deserve. We understand the hardships that these families face, and that's why we wrote the resource guide and book, Picking Up the Pieces After Medical Malpractice: A Parent's Guide. If you suspect your child's cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence, contact us. Your call is FREE and confidential.
Do not go it alone, we are here to help.