Cerebral Palsy Program

  • Cerebral Palsy Clinic

    A diagnosis of cerebral palsy can be overwhelming, but the CP Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s is here to help!  We are a multidisciplinary team with members from the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Division of OT / PT and the Aaron W. Perlman Center.

    Our experience and cutting-edge advances in care can make an enormous difference in your child’s life, even when there are significant challenges. Whatever is needed − robotic therapy, special braces, occupational, physical or speech therapy or medical management − your child will get the advantage of the very best care available to reach his or her fullest potential.

    What to Expect: We Are in This Together 

    The CP Clinic operates as an “arena” style clinic, which means that all of our team members are in the room with you at the same time. This allows care to be coordinated among our specialists and you and reduces the number of times you have to tell your child’s story.  

    The members of our team that will be with you in clinic are:

    • A physician
    • A social worker
    • An occupational therapist
    • A physical therapist
    • A dietitian (if necessary)

    You will receive a call from one of our CP nurses about a week before your visit for a brief medical review. This will help prepare the team for the visit to make sure your needs and concerns are fully addressed.

    At the end of your visit you will receive a detailed review of the evaluation with input from each care provider who was present.

  • About Our CP Specialists

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    Physician

    The physicians in CP Clinic are pediatric physiatrists.  With expertise in the care of children with disabilities, our physicians ensure that every child receives the most appropriate treatment to reach his or her best potential. 

    Along with managing spasticity (tight muscles) and overseeing therapy and equipment needs, the doctors in CP Clinic work with primary care doctors and specialists to address concerns ranging from constipation to bone health to sleep to contractures.  The physicians lead the CP Clinic team.

    Physical Therapist (PT)

    Understanding how a child’s motor performance develops, and how it is related to the child’s cognitive development, is the basis of pediatric physical therapy. 

    Our therapists use positive approaches, age-appropriate activities and cutting-edge techniques to improve a child’s motor skills, balance and coordination, and strength and endurance.  Our physical therapists collaborate with occupational therapists, physicians and other specialists to maximize your child’s potential with specific programs customized to address his unique needs.

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    The term “occupation” covers more than just paid jobs. Occupations are the ordinary, familiar and meaningful activities that people do every day. Occupational therapy (OT) helps children learn skills and participate in activities for successful, independent daily living and to engage in normal daily life to the greatest extent possible.

    OT focuses on developing specific life skills. Through specific exercises and task-related activities, occupational therapists help your child learn and regain these critical skills. Our programs are individualized to address each child’s unique needs and challenges. And when skill and strength cannot be developed or improved, we work with your child and family to develop creative alternatives and solutions to achieve functional goals.

    Dietitian

    When medical complications exist, adequate growth is still a primary concern.  Our registered dietitian has specialized training to understand pediatric nutrition for normal growth and development and therapeutic needs. 

    Additionally, the dietitian practices family-centered care, taking into account the family’s community setting and culture and how family members interact with nutrition and health.

    Care Coordinator

    Our care coordinators help you find the resources you need at Cincinnati Children’s and in the community. They provide support and information that is important to your child’s development and education.

    Some of the areas our care coordinators are available to help families with include financial resources, school advocacy, activities within the community, respite and mental health support.

    This support is important to your family’s well-being and promotes your child’s progress. Care coordinators are members of every child’s multidisciplinary CP Clinic team.


 
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    Contact us to make an appointment with the CP Clinic or for more information about the Cerebral Palsy Program.

    Forms to Fill Out

    If you are scheduled for a Cerebral Palsy Clinic visit, please complete one of the forms below. Mail, email or fax it to us prior to your visit (forms include details). If you cannot send the form ahead of your visit, bring the completed form to your appointment to help expedite your clinic visit.