Diagnosis of cerebral palsy can often be a lengthy and complex process. It is usually when a baby or child does not meet their developmental milestones that a disability is even considered.

A parent or doctor may be alerted to the possibility of cerebral palsy if the baby shows unusual postures or has delayed motor development. Consequently, this can take some time to become evident. Additionally, a routine brain scan may show up abnormalities in the brain. If this occurs, then developmental milestones tend to be more closely monitored. An unusual brain scan does not necessarily mean a CP diagnosis, but instead just indicates that it is a possibility.

If a baby was very premature, or there were complications during birth, it is likely that the baby’s health will be monitored quite closely and may be on a watch list for cerebral palsy. In these instances, a diagnosis may be reached much faster. Please know that prematurity or delivery complications do not guarantee that a child will have cerebral palsy.

As a parent or carer, receiving (or the possibility of receiving) any diagnosis for your child can be a scary and confusing time. The important thing to know is that you are not alone.
We began as a parent group over twenty years ago to support one another, and we continue this at the core of our organisation today.
If you have just received a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and are unsure of what to do next, or just want someone to chat to who understands, our Care Centre is here to support you.

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