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Evaluating and Diagnosing the Child with Cerebral Palsy

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Screening and Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy

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Diagnosing cerebral palsy (CP) at an early age is important to the well-being of children and their families. Diagnosing CP can take several steps:Developmental Monitoring Developmental Screening Developmental and Medical Evaluations

 Developmental Monitoring

Developmental monitoring (also called surveillance) means tracking a child’s growth and development o...

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Data and Statistics for Cerebral Palsy

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Prevalence and CharacteristicsCerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability during childhood. (1) Population-based studies from around the world report prevalence estimates of CP ranging from 1.5 to more than 4 per 1,000 live births or children of a defined age range. (2, 3, 4, 5,6)

CDC tracks CP through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) CP Network.  ADDM CP Network 2006 data show that: [Read article] There were 142,338...Prevalence...

Facts about Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.

The symptoms of CP vary from person to person. A person with severe CP...

Cerebral Palsy Occurrence in the US

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is one of the developmental disabilities that is tracked by the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, a multi-site surveillance program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Researchers from the ADDM Network recently released a report on the prevalence (occurrence) and features of CP in 8-year-old children living in...