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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Cerebral palsy (CP) and its associated problems may affect the physical, cognitive and behavioral health of a child in countless ways, many of which change over time. Our team of cerebral palsy experts is part of your ongoing journey, working with your family, your child’s pediatrician and the many specialists throughout Boston Children’s Hospital to provide the most advanced and comprehensive treatment possible of any hospital in the world.
As CP treatments have improved, the life spans of children with CP have increased. Our doctors are with you for the entire journey, adjusting treatment plans to stay ahead of developmental changes and to ensure ongoing, proactive care for your child.
Children with cerebral palsy face many challenges, and those challenges are different for each child. Our treatment plans are customized for your child’s specific needs and designed to support the long-term goals of maximizing function and independence.
Our approach to cerebral palsy care is distinguished by our:
Our CP specialists will provide a comprehensive treatment plan that is highly customized to your child’s specific needs. The team caring for your child will be a proactive one, working to manage and stay ahead of the many symptoms and complications often associated with the condition. Their recommendations may include medical treatments and therapies and/or surgical interventions.
Learn more about medical treatments and therapies at Boston Children’s.
For some patients, surgical intervention may be a necessary part of treatment. Surgical procedures to treat CP include:
In one place, at one time, you can consult with specialists working together to treat and support families facing the many challenges of cerebral palsy. Nowhere else in the world can you find such a coordinated team of experts working together to address your child’s individual needs.
Our cerebral palsy team includes complex medicine pediatricians with expertise in children with multi-system medical conditions. These specialists may include:
All are dedicated to caring for children with CP in its many forms. These specialists maintain an open dialogue with each other and with families, ensuring the most informed and collaborative approach to care. Meet our cerebral palsy team.
Our Complex Care Services (CCS) program provides medical care to children with medical complexity. The dedicated complex care specialists in our CP program are trained to treat the “whole child,” identifying and addressing current or potential medical complications for those children who are more significantly affected by cerebral palsy. Issues they may address include:
The complex care doctors work with your child's medical team and may recommend medications to address these problems or studies to better understand an issue. They may make referrals to other specialists throughout the hospital. Your child's global development is also considered, and recommendations may be made for more detailed assessment or specific services in the community or at school. If surgery is being considered, the complex care physicians work with the orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons to enhance your child’s peri-operative care (the care received before, during and after surgery).
Additionally, your child’s complex care specialist may act as a central point of contact, coordinating communication among your family and your child’s care team, primary care physician, school, daycare and state agencies. Learn more about our complex care services.
Many patients face other health challenges that are often related to their CP. These children may be referred to one or more of the following programs at Boston Children’s, as needed:
For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please call us at 617-355-6021 or request an appointment online.
For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at 1-617-355-5209.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”