Once your child receives a cerebral palsy diagnosis, it is important to start treatment and therapy at the earliest. Early intervention may allow your child to minimize the symptoms of the disorder and help enhance their quality of life.
This list is intended as a brief introduction to the services we provide. Please contact us for further information.
Physical therapy (PT) is a branch of medicine directed at the rehabilitation of muscles and the musculoskeletal system. It is a cornerstone of cerebral palsy treatment. Physical therapy usually begins in the first few years of life or soon after a diagnosis is made. Physical therapy uses a variety of equipment and exercises to help patients achieve or improve abilities and mobility.
There is no standard therapy that works for every individual with cerebral palsy. Physical therapy programs use specific sets of exercises and activities based on a patient's needs.
The two most important goals are preventing weakening or deterioration of the muscles that aren't being used (disuse atrophy) and keeping muscles from becoming fixed in a rigid, abnormal position (contraction). Early detection and management of muscular problems is crucial in early childhood development.
Speech therapy is the treatment of communication disorders, regardless of the origin. Therapists that work in the field of communication disorders are known as speech therapists and speech-language pathologists.
Therapy for children with CP may consist of a series of exercises and drills designed to strengthen the muscles involved in speech and swallowing and improve oral motor skills. Speech therapy may also include sign language and the use of picture symbols or other alternative communication devices.
Assistive Technology is any piece of equipment, software, or adaptive device that is used to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. The idea is to compensate for the loss of function with the device. Different disabilities require different assistive technologies which may include aids to help communicate, write, type, point, see, hear, walk etc.
Assistive Technology services at Sneha Kiran facilitate a well-equipped Computer Access Lab with state of the art adaptive hardware and software options. Using a computer plays a key role for the child in enabling communication, participation in class (home work or taking tests on the computer), improving eye/hand coordination, attention span, and as an incentive to learn to write and read.
Occupational therapy (OT) and rehabilitation deals primarily with muscles responsible for:
Occupational therapists are trained to help patients acquire or improve daily living skills needed for self-care, work, and play. Occupational therapy uses exercises, adaptive equipment, and training to help a child realize goals and independence.
Behavior Therapy can improve behavioral issues, provide encouragement, improve self-esteem, reinforce positive messages and stop negative behaviors.