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Cerebral Palsy

Clinical Care Guidelines

Practice Parameter:  Diagnostic Assessment of the Child with Cerebral Palsy

Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society. Neurology 2004; 62:851-863

Review of available evidence on the assessment of a child suspected of having cerebral palsy. Conclusions:  Neuroimaging results in children with CP are commonly abnormal and may help determine the etiology.  Screening for associated conditions is warranted as part of the initial evaluation.

Summary for Clinicians (2 pages)


Summary for Parents and Caregivers (2 pages)


Full Report (13 pages)



Cerebral Palsy- Critical Elements of Care

Produced by the Center for Children with Special Needs, Seattle Children's Hospital. 25 pages. (Rev 6/2011). 

Guidelines for the Care of Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

From "The Physician's Guide to Caring for Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions," (2000). Edited by Drs. Robert E. Nickel and Larry W. Desch. 6 pages.


Providing a Primary Care Medical Home For Children and Youth with Cerebral Palsy (clinical report)

Authors: Gregory S. Liptak, Nancy A. Murphy, and the Council on Children With Disabilities

PEDIATRICS Vol. 128 No. 5 November 2011, pp. e1321-e1329 (doi:10.1542/peds.2011-1468)

ABSTRACT: All primary care providers will care for children with cerebral palsy in their practice. In addition to well-child and acute illness care, the role of the medical home in the management of these children includes diagnosis, planning for interventions, authorizing treatments, and follow-up. Optimizing health and well-being for children with cerebral palsy and their families entails family-centered care provided in the medical home; comanagement is the most common model. This report reviews the aspects of care specific to cerebral palsy that a medical home should provide beyond the routine health care needed by all children.

Full Text (HTML): http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;128/5/e1321

Full Text (PDF): http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/pediatrics;128/5/e1321.pdf


Practical Oral Care for People with Cerebral Palsy

From the National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research.  Part of the series: Practical Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities

Designed to equip dental and health professionals with the basic information they need to deliver quality oral health care to people in the community with special needs. There is also a guide for caregivers that explains their role at home in maintaining good oral health for their family member or client with special needs.  This publication deals with oral health and care for individuals with cerebral palsy.


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An Introduction to Practical Oral Care for People With Developmental Disabilities is designed to equip professionals with the basic information they need to deliver quality oral health care to people with special needs. This includes instilling confidence not only in treatment strategies, but also in the team's entire approach to the patient with developmental disabilities.

Sleep Hygiene in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Pediatrics 2008;122;1343-1350

This first comprehensive, multidisciplinary review of sleep hygiene for children with disabilities
presents the rationale for incorporating these measures in their treatment, outlines
both general and specific sleep-promotion practices, and discusses problem-solving
strategies for implementing them in a variety of clinical practice settings.


Prescribing Therapy Services for Children with Motor Disabilities (clinical report)

Authors: Linda J. Michaud, MD and and the AAP Committee on Children With Disabilities

PEDIATRICS Vol. 113 No. 6 June 2004, pp. 1836-1838

ABSTRACT: Pediatricians often are called on to prescribe physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services for children with motor disabilities. This report defines the context in which rehabilitation therapies should be prescribed, emphasizing the evaluation and enhancement of the child's function and abilities and participation in age-appropriate life roles. The report encourages pediatricians to work with teams including the parents, child, teachers, therapists, and other physicians to ensure that their patients receive appropriate therapy services.



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