EARLY RECOGNITION

We are implementing ways to recognize CP earlier.

Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage to developing brain, either during pregnancy or shortly before birth. However, diagnosis is often delayed until after a child is 24 months old when brain plasticity is already decreasing.

Our goal is the lower the age when CP is recognized to provide a greater chance of improving an individual’s life.

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation is collaborating with 5 of the country’s top medical institutions to improve and implement the use of evidence-based tools for the prediction of developmental differences (including CP) in neonatal follow up clinics.  CPF will be providing training in the General Movement Assessment and the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination.

GMA when administered in the neonatal period and at 3-4 months combined with neuroimaging has an increased predictive value for movement disorders.

HINE is a standardized and scorable neurological exam that has a high predictive value for CP and is useful for defining neurological function including differentiating types of CP.