Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Although cerebral palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of these signs of cerebral palsy can improve or worsen over time.
People who have cerebral palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.
Parents suspect a child has Cerebral Palsy likely wish that a one-step, quick test would confirm that diagnosis. Cerebral palsy is diagnosed with multidisciplinary approach involving physiotherapist, occupational therapist and is a multi-step, complex process of tests, evaluations, and eliminations that in the end, rule everything else out.
Dr Kukendrarajah a leading Consultant pediatrician at the Portland Hospital has a great deal of experience in diagnosis of and working with children with cerebral palsy and similar conditions. Working holistically, she concentrates on all needs as well as physical symptoms. Where necessary, and work with her colleagues in Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy to provide the best possible assessment and treatment for your child. There’s no cure for cerebral palsy. However, there are several treatments available, which can treat many of its symptoms and help children with the condition to be as independent as possible.
Children and parents may need a huge amount of extra help and resources, and the children often need very careful monitoring from different health professionals.
Parents are often disheartened to learn that there is no singular test that will definitively diagnose a child with Cerebral Palsy. Once a round of medical evaluations are initiated in order to form a diagnosis, parents prepare for a long and sometimes frustrating process that will, in time, provide answers about a child’s condition.
The diagnosis process can seem intimidating. Understanding the diagnosis process can be a source of comfort for parents anxious about the process.
Dr Kukendrarajah would recommend that your child is best-managed long term by your local Child Development Centre.