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Cerebral Palsy’s Impact on the Development of Children in Kentucky & Ohio

When you discover that your young child has cerebral palsy, it is easy to slip into a state of denial. You might even feel like you are living in a nightmare and are waiting to wake up from this terrible dream.  It is important to understand this disorder and the effect it will have on your child’s development.

Cerebral palsy is defined as a disorder that impacts movement, motor skills and muscle tone.  It can also lead to other health complications, including vision, hearing and speech problems.  While there are many possible causes of cerebral palsy, it is frequently the result of a birth injury.

Impact on Development
The degree of physical disability will be different for each child.  Many children only suffer mild impairment, while others are severely impaired.  For example, some children will eventually be able to walk, but a large percentage of cerebral palsy patients spend their lives confined to a wheelchair.

Treatment Options
There are many therapies and treatment options that can improve the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy.  It is important to keep in mind that this condition does not currently have a cure, but with the appropriate therapy, you can help maximize your child’s growth and development.

Below is a list of treatments commonly recommended for children with cerebral palsy:

  • Speech therapy
  • Therapy for social and emotional development
  • Hearing therapy
  • Learning therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Braces to improve muscle movement

If your child developed cerebral palsy from a serious birth injury, you may be able to hold the medical provider responsible.  For a free case evaluation, contact an experienced Kentucky birth injury lawyer at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson.  You can reach us by calling (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 or filling out our online form

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