Cerebral Palsy Treatments
Learn How Your Child Can Get Help
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term for a group of neurological disorders caused by damage to a baby's brain during pregnancy, labor, or after childbirth. It is characterized by a range of similar symptoms and permanent physical disabilities, such as poor muscle control, impaired coordination, and seizures, as well as cognitive difficulties.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Signs of cerebral palsy appear in a child’s infancy or during preschool years. The Mayo Clinic reports that depending on severity of the condition, the range of symptoms includes:
- Exaggerated reflexes
- Floppy or rigid limbs and trunk
- Abnormal posture
- Unsteadiness in walking
- Involuntary movements
- Difficulty swallowing
- Eye muscle imbalance
- Reduced range of motion because of muscle stiffness
- Inability to walk
- Intellectual disabilities
Widely Used Treatments for Cerebral Palsy
Despite the fact that medical and therapeutic cerebral palsy treatments are being developed and improved on a continuing basis, even basic care and necessities will be extraordinarily expensive over the course of a lifetime.
In many cases, a child with cerebral palsy may undergo a wide range of specialized treatments to help manage and minimize the unique symptoms he or she is experiencing. The most common treatments include:
- Mechanical devices
- Physical therapy
- Assistive technology
- Speech-language pathology
- Occupational therapy
It is not uncommon for children with cerebral palsy to require extensive treatment from a number of different specialists, such as orthopedic surgeons, psychologists, neurologists, and specially trained educators, typically throughout their lives.
Cerebral Palsy Treatment Centers
Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy, but there are a variety of treatments which can improve a child’s quality of life. The sooner treatment is begun, the better the child’s chance of overcoming many of his or her disabilities. While the family of a child with cerebral palsy can perform some of the treatment needed, a trained professional with the right equipment is needed to provide most of it. Fortunately, there are support and treatment options available in your state.∗
∗ We are not endorsing any one of the following facilities over the others; rather, we are providing you with information to serve as a resource for you. It is always a good idea to talk with your child’s doctors and get their thoughts on resources for support and treatment as well.
4.5 / 5 stars on Google (2 reviews)
Licensed Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapists provide the highest quality of therapy for special needs children, from birth to age 21, including:
- Neuro-Developmental Training
- PROMPT training
- Hanen Language Program
- Therapeutic Listening
- Lite Gait
- Feeding Therapy
- Universal Exercise Units
- Hand Writing without Tears
- Therapy Intensives in the summer
- Sensory Integration
- Beckman Oral Motor
- Augmentive Communication
- Floor Time Therapy
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
Bellaire, TX 77401
3.8 stars on Google (254 reviews)
The Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital provides patients and their families with comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and education all in a single location. All surgeons, physicians, therapists, and other medical professionals at the facility specialize in the treatment of cerebral palsy.
8080 N. Stadium Drive
Houston, TX 77054
4 stars on Google (4 reviews) 5 stars on Yelp (4 reviews)
Memorial Hermann-TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) is a 134-bed rehabilitation and research center, routinely recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country. It is also home to The UTHealth Motor Recovery Lab which is dedicated to enhancing motor recovery.
(800) 44-REHAB (7-3422)
18951 N. Memorial Dr.
Humble, TX 77338
This Lone Star State’s affiliate of one of the largest health nonprofits in the country, and is dedicated to advancing the independence and productivity of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. For over 60 years UCP has provided support and services to disabled children and adults, including employment, education, housing, and transportation assistance.
Formerly known as the United Cerebral Palsy of Oklahoma, ACOK has been a safety net for cerebral palsy victims for over 50 years. ACOK provides programs and services for all disabled Oklahomans and their families.
10400 Greenbriar Place, Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
6465 S. Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK 74136
Founded as the Oklahoma Head Injury Foundation in 1980, BIA-OK is a nonprofit advocacy organization for brain injury survivors in Oklahoma. Their mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, and education.
7146 S. Braden Ave., Suite 500
Tulsa, OK 74136
721 NW 6th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
4.2 stars on Google (5 reviews)
The JD McCarty Center is 36-bed hospital located on an 80-acre campus and staffed by certified pediatricians and pediatric specialists; RNs and LPNs; direct care specialists; physical, occupational, speech and language therapists; dieticians; and social workers. Originally founded in 1949 to serve cerebral palsy patients, the Center has expanded to treat over 100 different types of disabilities in children.
2002 E. Robinson St.
Norman, OK 73071
As part of Integris, the state's largest, nonprofit, Oklahoma-owned health care system, the Pediatric Neurology Clinic offers unparalleled care for children with cerebral palsy and other traumatic brain injuries.
Northwest Medical Center
3330 NW 56th St #305
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
As part of the greater Easter Seals foundation, the Central Illinois chapter is dedicated to helping patients with cerebral palsy and their families. They offer such services as assistive technology clinics, orthotics and serial casting clinics, constrained induced movement therapy, rehabilitation coordination, aquatic therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, occupational therapy, and individual and family counseling.
507 E. Armstrong Ave
Peoria, IL 61603
Family Support Network is an advocacy group that focuses not just on the disabled individual, but on their entire family unit, with the goal of keeping that family unit intact. They offer a variety of programs to assist families with disabled family members.
651 E. 159th Pl.
South Holland, IL 60473
4.3 stars on Google (186 reviews) 3.5 stars on Yelp (50 reviews)
This hospital has everything needed to treat children stricken with cerebral palsy, including one of the largest, best-trained, and experienced physical therapy teams in the Midwest.
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
P2P-CO is a network of families throughout Colorado who have children with disabilities or other special healthcare needs. P2P-CO provides a forum for sharing support and information among these families.
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230
Aspire Colorado’s mission is to ensure that children with special health care needs have the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop to their greatest potential.
1575 Sherman St., 4th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
3.8 stars on Google (231 reviews)
Children’s Hospital Colorado is a nonprofit institution that is considered one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation. It has been in existence for over 100 years and has doctors on staff who specialize in the treatment of cerebral palsy.
Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora, CO 80045
1 star on Google (1 review)
ACCO was founded in 1946 by a group of mothers who refused to have their disabled children institutionalized, believing that they were capable of much better lives. ACCO works with parents of disabled children to ensure they have the highest quality of life possible.
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230
4.9 stars on Google (20 reviews) 5 stars on Yelp (2 reviews)
ChildServe has been working with children with special health care needs and their families since 1928. They can provide inpatient, outpatient, residential, and in home care.
2 stars on Google (1 review)
Northern Iowa Therapy has multiple locations, all with pediatric physical therapy specialists on staff. They are patient-oriented and work closely with area healthcare providers.
Main office: 217 E. Bremer Ave.
Waverly, IA 50677
Genesis Pediatric Therapy facilities have staffs of highly-trained physical therapists who specialize in working with children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
2451 Coral Court, #1
Coralville, IA 52241
Iowa Support Groups Information Center lists over 20 establishments, complete with contact and services information for the disabled and their families to select from.
Many locations throughout the state.
Get the Financial Compensation You Deserve
If you are struggling to provide the security and opportunities your child deserves, but the financial burden has become too heavy, please understand that you are not alone. If your child's disability could have been prevented if not for the actions of a negligent medical provider, you may have a valid legal claim for compensation.
Your child deserves the best medical treatments and physical therapy available - without concerns about the cost. If your child has cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence, call (214) 974-4121 for a free consultation and to learn more about your legal options. Birth injury attorney Laura Brown has dedicated her career to helping families get the support they need to provide the best quality of life for their children after birth injuries due to medical negligence.
- Cerebral Palsy - Treatment Overview
- Cerebral Palsy Treatment - Mayo Clinic
- How is Cerebral Palsy Treated? - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Mayo Clinic: Cerebral Palsy