Cerebral Palsy - Treatment Overview
Other therapies may also be needed,
depending on specific needs.
- Occupational therapy helps teens and adults adapt
to their limitations and live as independently as possible.
- Speech therapy helps control the mouth muscles. This therapy can be of great
help to children with speech or eating problems. Speech therapy often starts
before the child begins school and continues throughout the school
- A registered dietitian can provide nutritional counseling when a child has problems eating or is not gaining weight.
massage therapy and
hatha yoga are designed to help relax tense muscles,
strengthen muscles, and keep joints flexible. Hatha yoga breathing exercises
are sometimes used to try to prevent lung infections. More research is needed
to find out the health benefits of these therapies for people who have
- Therapies to stimulate learning and sensory development may
benefit babies and young children. Some also help people of other ages. These
therapies cannot repair damaged parts of the brain. But they may be able to
stimulate undamaged parts of the brain.
- Behavioral therapy may help
some school-age children with CP learn better ways to communicate with others.
- Biofeedback may be useful as part of physical therapy
or on its own. Although it doesn't help everyone with CP, some people
who use the technique learn how to control their affected muscles or reduce
You may hear about a wide range of
controversial treatments, some of which may cause
controversial treatments exist for CP, such as
electrical stimulation and special diets. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any type of treatment you
are considering for your child.
Preparing for independent living
Many adults with CP get jobs if
they have good support from their family and community. You can enroll your
occupational therapy as part of a gradual preparation
for independent living. Your child may need extra help and encouragement to
prepare for added expectations and responsibilities.