After a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Parents Can Take Action to Help

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David Hodges is a founding partner of Kennedy Hodges. He focuses his practice on personal injury claims.
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If your child has shown the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy, you may have opted to seek out a diagnosis from one or more medical professionals. The diagnosis process itself can often be stressful, overwhelming, and lengthy. Once the diagnosis is A Doctor Putting Tape on a Patient's Feetmade, having a clear understanding of what you can do next to help your child may help to alleviate some of the stress associated with receiving such a serious diagnosis.

8 Tips for What to Do Next After a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

When your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it is often a result of an injury suffered during the birthing process. As a result, you may have a legal claim against one or more medical providers for compensation. It is important for parents to explore this possibility as the compensation may be vital to your child’s financial wellbeing. In addition, there are several other steps that a parent can take as well. These steps include the following:

  1. Come up with a comprehensive care plan for managing your child’s cerebral palsy. A plan of care is designed to address all of a child’s needs. These needs include both physical and psychological needs. A care plan provides guidance and a road map for the future. It should also be carefully constructed, however, to allow sufficient flexibility to address the growth, progress, setbacks, and changes your child will experience as he or she grows from an infant to an adult.

  2. Focus on your child’s treatments. Because every child’s experience living with cerebral palsy is different, there is no single approach to treating the condition of every person. Each individual is affected differently and therefore the prescribed treatments will vary accordingly. Since cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury that cannot be healed, the treatment is instead focused on addressing the resulting physical impairments caused by the condition. Your child’s health care team will suggest recommended treatments and therapies based upon his or her form of cerebral palsy, the extent of his or her impairment, and the level of severity of the condition.

  3. Ensure that your child receives sufficient therapy. If your child participates in therapies, he or she may be more likely to improve his or her abilities. Therapy can improve functionality, mobility, fitness, and independence in a child with cerebral palsy. As with treatment for this condition, the type and extent of therapy that your child’s health care team will recommend will depend on your child’s unique needs, the form of cerebral palsy, the extent of the impairment, and the associated conditions that he or she suffers from.

  4. Ensure that you receive therapy as well. Caring for a child with cerebral palsy is no easy task and often takes a significant mental, emotional, physical, and financial toll on parents and caregivers. Obtaining therapy for yourself can ultimately help ensure that you are able to maximize your ability to help your child.

  5. Seek out early intervention services in your area. Early intervention programs are designed to help children with special needs prepare for school. They are also designed to help ensure that children receive the proper supports that they will need for learning. Children with cerebral palsy should begin early intervention as soon as possible after obtaining their diagnosis. Early intervention may even begin before the diagnosis is made if a developmental delay exists.

  6. Research the government benefits that may be available to you. Public assistance is aid, service, or supports that are provided to individuals and families by a government agency based upon established criteria. Typically, these criteria involve income, disability, dependency, or need. You may discover that you are eligible to receive government resources in the form of cash, food, services, shelter, technology, and support.

  7. Learn about any community support and funding that may be available in your area. Some communities offer support and assistance for individuals and families with disabilities. It is important to reach out and explore these potential resources.

  8. Help your child improve his or her social development. Socialization is a vital aspect of any person’s life. Giving your child the ability to connect with others helps them to build important relationships with friends and family members. It will also help your child develop social skills necessary for participating effectively in education and work environments. Some children struggling with disabilities may feel inclined to avoid communication as a result of feeling self-conscious. Help your child overcome this difficulty and learn to interact with others.

Now that you have obtained a cerebral palsy diagnosis for your child, it is important to seek legal guidance. We strongly encourage you to reach out today for a free consultation at 855-947-0707.


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