Early treatment is best. If you think your child has symptoms of cerebral
palsy, take him to the doctor as soon as you notice them.
The child will need care from his family and many different professionals.
The team may include parents, doctors, therapists, psychologists, teachers,
nurses, and social workers.
The team will work together to help your child be as independent as possible.
They will help him learn as much as he can, move as best he can, and communicate
as best he can.
Talk to your doctors and teachers about what education plan is best for
your child. Some children do well in regular classrooms while other children
do best in classrooms with a smaller number of students and more individual
Using braces or a wheelchair may help the child move.
Computers help many children learn or communicate better.
Medicine or surgery may help.
How can families cope?
Families of children with cerebral palsy also need support. Parents and
relatives may be angry their child has cerebral palsy or they may feel guilty
Talking to a social worker or family therapist may help.
Many parents find comfort in support groups.
Brothers and sisters of children with cerebral palsy also need extra support.
If the child needs care the family can't provide, children with cerebral
palsy can live in group homes or arrangements can be made for home care.
How long does it last?
It will last all of the child's life but it will not get worse.
Can it be prevented?
Women should begin getting regular medical care as soon as they know they
Pregnant women should avoid the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
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