Early Detection for Cerebral Palsy Open Access Deposited
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This past year I have been a student research associate at Cincinnati Children’s OT/PT department for Dr. Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L. I have reviewed various literature on upcoming therapeutic topics for many common diagnoses from infants to adolescents, which one of them in particular is cerebral palsy. CP is the most common physical disability in childhood. The purpose of my presentation is to underline the importance of early detection for cerebral palsy. Through extensive review, studies have shown that the most effective way to predict cerebral palsy is by conducting two neurological assessments (General Movements Assessment and the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination), along with electrophysiological and neuroimaging tests. This presentation outlines how and why clinicians should use these neurological assessments. In detecting cerebral palsy early on in infancy, early intervention can be integrated which can lead to an overall improvement in the quality of life in children with CP.
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