As a caregiver, you know that every patient with Cerebral Palsy has unique needs and goals. There is no single standard treatment, beyond providing patients with the fullest spectrum of options and making recommendations based on that individual's situation.
To assist our peers in the medical profession, MyChild Cerebral Palsy Foundation provides extensive resources for caregivers to share with their patients. We aspire for our Foundation website to act as a trustworthy complement to the care you provide, answering your patients' questions and providing further insight into the journey with CP.
The Six Steps of Treating Cerebral Palsy
For children, Cerebral Palsy treatment is a lifelong process. Because there is no cure for CP, the ultimate goal of treatment is to help patients manage symptoms, remove or work around obstacles, improve health and function, and maximize potential.
The online resources provided by our Foundation can provide detailed supplemental information to help your patients navigate each step of CP treatment:
- Step 1: Diagnosis
- Step 2: Identify members of the child's care team, including a primary physician and specialists
- Step 3: Assess symptoms and abilities
- Step 4: Set goals
- Step 5: Create a care plan
- Step 6: Keep records and track progress
The length of time and amount of effort required to complete these steps will vary from patient to patient. While you personally help your patients through the journey, our Foundation can act as an additional source of education and support.
Cerebral Palsy Treatment Options
Advances in medicine and technology have created an extensive range of treatments for Cerebral Palsy. While this creates multiple solutions that can be customized to meet different needs, symptoms, and goals, it can also lead to confusion for families who are already facing stress from a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis.
The MyChild Cerebral Palsy Foundation website provides significant information about treatment options including:
- Medications for relieving symptoms, reducing pain, and preventing or managing secondary disorders
- Assistive devices for mobility, communication, sight and hearing, and more
- Orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and other procedures
- Complementary and alternative medicine
Many patients with CP also benefit in many respects from ongoing therapy activities. We can also provide your clients with information regarding physical therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, social therapy, occupational and vocational counseling, and other options.
Please explore the MyChild Cerebral Palsy Foundation website further to find out how your clients can benefit from the information provided by our Foundation.