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Benefits of Evidence-based Physical Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Celebral Palsy in Children and the Benefits of Evidence-based Physical Therapy

As a parent, we understand that it can be heartbreaking to see your child struggle with cerebral palsy. You want nothing more than to support their physical development and overall well-being. That’s why we want to share with you the benefits of evidence-based physical therapy. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood and can affect various aspects of motor function. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in managing the symptoms of CP, promoting mobility, and improving the quality of life.

How Brighton Uses Evidence-based Physical Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Evidence-based physical therapy is a comprehensive approach that can help your child improve their mobility, strength, and independence. Brighton Center physical therapists use interventions proven effective through rigorous scientific research, which we tailor to your child’s unique needs.

During the assessment phase, our therapists will evaluate your child’s motor skills, muscle tone, joint range of motion, balance, coordination, and overall functional abilities. This assessment helps us identify the specific challenges your child faces and informs the development of targeted intervention strategies.

Interventions in evidence-based physical therapy may include therapeutic exercises, activities, and modalities. We focus on addressing specific impairments, maximizing functional abilities, and fostering independence. We work with you closely to ensure that we personalize a therapy plan that aligns with your child’s goals.

What technologies can help my child with Cerebral Palsy?

Orthotic devices and assistive technology may also improve your child’s posture and functional mobility. Orthotics, such as braces or splints, can provide support and stability to improve posture and functional mobility. Assistive devices, such as walkers or wheelchairs, can also enhance independent movement and participation in various activities.

Aquatic therapy is another evidence-based approach that has shown positive outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. The buoyancy of water reduces the impact on joints and muscles, making it an ideal environment for improving mobility and strength. Aquatic therapy can be particularly beneficial for children who may face challenges with weight-bearing activities on land.

Support for Parents

We understand that your involvement is crucial in supporting your child’s development. That’s why our therapists collaborate with you to educate you about the condition, teach you therapeutic techniques, and provide home exercises to reinforce the progress made during therapy sessions.

We regularly reassess and modify the therapy plan to ensure that it remains effective and aligned with your child’s developmental goals. Our goal is to provide your child with the right help at the right time.

Brighton Can Help

If you’re looking for a compassionate and empathetic team of licensed Physical, Speech & Occupational Therapists who can help your child with cerebral palsy, look no further than Brighton’s Pediatric Therapy Clinic.

Contact us to schedule an evaluation and learn how we can support your child’s journey toward improved mobility and overall well-being. If your child has cerebral palsy, it can be difficult to know how to best support their physical development. Evidence-based physical therapy is a comprehensive approach that can help your child improve their mobility and overall well-being.

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Brighton Center Pediatric Therapy Clinic provides occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech/language therapy for young children.  For children needing additional support to participate in play and physical activity, occupational therapy and/or physical therapy may be a helpful resource. Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) help to optimize the body’s function and structure to develop the ability to move, balance, and coordinate actions for participation in mobility, play, and completion of daily activities. To do this, PTs/PTAs use strengthening, flexibility, balance, and coordination interventions within play and daily routines.
Brighton Center Pediatric Therapy Clinic Belief System
1) Focusing on the whole child is essential for the best outcomes.
2) Family-centered care is the foundation for empowering children and families.
3) A team-based approach uses the strengths of each team member to build the most comprehensive plan with each child & family.
4) Using evidence-based strategies that guide expert care for each child.
5) The power of play and the necessity of meaning and motivation as the basis for therapeutic intervention.
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“Brighton offers families hope, caring, understanding, education and every bit of it is 100% from their hearts. Our daughter has benefited from ALL of the services that Brighton has to offer. They have become like another family to us and they will always be a part of our lives.“

MARY RUDY, Lulu's Mom