TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL HAS ONE OF THE BEST CEREBRAL PALSY PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY
The Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas is the largest children’s hospital in the U.S., ranked as having the 5th best neonatal care program and the 4th best pediatric hospital by U.S. News and World Report. The neurosurgery and neurology departments at Children’s Hospital are also ranked #4 in the country, and the Cerebral Palsy Clinic in the neurology department has incredible evaluation and treatment programs for children who have cerebral palsy and related disorders of muscle coordination and body movement.
The focus of this program is to help children overcome motor and developmental problems, learn new skills, and have an improved quality of life. Physicians and therapists from the Neurology, Neurosurgery, Developmental Neuroscience and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Departments work together to help children reach their maximum potential.
Treatment options at the Clinic include the following:
- Speech therapy
- Occupational and physical therapy
- Drug treatments to control seizures, relax muscle spasms and alleviate pain
- Surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities
- Surgery, such as selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), to relieve tightness (spasticity) and improve dystonia (involuntary, intermittent changes in muscle tightness)
- Braces and other orthotic devices
- Wheelchairs and special walkers
- Communication aids, such as computers with attached voice synthesizers
RECREATIONAL THERAPY AND CAMPING ARE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF TREATMENT FOR CEREBRAL PALSY
There are many life specialists that work with children at the Cerebral Palsy Clinic, and they are involved in special camps that help special needs children, including a cerebral palsy camp. Funding is often provided by the Children’s Hospital, so all parents have to do is ask their physician for camp information.
The camps provide fun, unique, barrier free atmospheres, with medical specialists on site to help with any medical issues. At camp, children can meet others that have similar disabilities, and it can provide a sense of normalcy. Camps remind children that they are not the only ones going through their experience.
There are numerous activities at camps that encourage children to be creative and have new challenges and experiences. Whether it involves riding a horse, using the ropes course, canoeing or taking a dip in the pool, the activities are therapeutic and a lot of fun.
One child at a special needs camp in Texas said, “Camp gives me life and for the first time in a long time, I feel like I am not alone anymore.”
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN HAS CUTTING-EDGE CEREBRAL PALSY PROGRAMS
The college and research town of Ann Arbor has several programs for children with cerebral palsy. In 2011, a $745 million dollar children’s hospital was created, called C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The new hospital is considered the largest and most sophisticated project in campus history, and it has one of the most extensive programs for cerebral palsy, called Cerebral Palsy Comprehensive Care. St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital nearby also has a program that can help children with cerebral palsy in their Developmental Pediatrics section.
Resources for Ann Arbor families whose children have cerebral palsy are listed below:
- Cerebral Palsy Comprehensive Care at the University of Michigan
- Center for Independent Living
- CHAMP Program
- ACE Lab
- ULTrA Program
- Baclofen Pump Program
- Ventilator Clinic
Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood, and it affects movement, balance, coordination and posture. Some children with cerebral palsy struggle with movement, and they may not even be able to hold very small items, such as a piece of food. Early intervention is very important for children with cerebral palsy, and research shows that aggressive, multidimensional physical therapy can greatly improve a child’s muscle function, and this includes large and small muscle groups. Indeed, therapies and treatments have greatly evolved over the last few years, and children who previously could not walk are now taking their first steps, thanks to intense therapy and SDR.
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