Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Early intervention therapy to support children with cerebral palsy.

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Unlock potential with evidence-informed cerebral palsy treatment

Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder that makes it hard for children to control their muscles. It’s caused by damage to a developing brain, which can happen before, during or shortly after birth. It can affect different parts of the body in different ways. Common types of problems faced are movement, speech, thought, and other physical activities. Children with cerebral palsy may also have difficulty with vision, hearing, and learning.

If you’re worried about your child’s ability or development, it’s time to seek help. Discuss assessment options with your child’s doctor as soon as possible, and explore cerebral palsy treatment options. Early intervention helps build physical, cognitive, and emotional skills during critical early years. This can lead to better long-term outcomes and quality of life.

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Cerebral palsy treatment options to help your child experience life fully

Occupational therapy
Our occupational therapists focus on improving your child’s motor function for doing daily activities.

Build your child’s muscle tone, flexibility, and mobility through targeted exercises and activities.

Speech pathology
Speech therapy services help improve your child’s communication abilities as well as their eating, drinking and secretion management.

We provide guidance on nutrition, feeding strategies and management of specific dietary needs.

Social work
Our social workers provide emotional and social support to children with cerebral palsy and their families.

Positive behavioural support
Help your child learn appropriate communication skills and manage their challenging behaviours.

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Find a clinic near you

We have clinics in every state and territory providing assessments, early childhood intervention therapies, and support to help you thrive.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Psychology services

Cerebral palsy (CP) is actually a group of disorders that affects movement, muscle tone, and coordination. It’s caused by brain damage before, during or shortly after birth. Some people may also have intellectual disabilities, seizures, and other difficulties.

While there is no cure, there are various cerebral palsy treatment options available to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Early intervention and ongoing support are essential in helping maximise a child’s potential.

Some signs of cerebral palsy in babies and young children may include:

  • Delayed motor function
  • Difficulty controlling movements or posture
  • Muscle stiffness or weak muscle tone
  • Muscle spasms
  • Involuntary movements
  • Problems with speech and language

Cerebral palsy treatment options include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Assistive devices
  • Positive behaviour support

However, you should consult your child’s doctor or early intervention therapist on the best therapy options for them.

Parents and families can help children with cerebral palsy by:

  • Creating a supportive and nurturing environment
  • Following treatment plans recommended by healthcare professionals
  • Encouraging physical activity and social interaction.

Your Early Start therapy journey

Enhance your child’s ability to tackle life’s challenges with multi-disciplinary support

Our team is experienced in providing personalised therapy plans to help your child meet their developmental goals. From thorough assessments to diverse cerebral palsy treatment options, we’ll help build language, cognitive, motor, social, and emotional skills and support them to connect more effectively with you.

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Working with Early Start Australia

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A team approach to therapy

Our team of therapists combine their knowledge and experience to design a personalised therapy plan for your child.

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Early Start clinics are nationwide

Find our experienced allied health professionals across the nation. Our wide network of clinics ensures that you receive the help you need, when you need it.

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Registered NDIS services

Our status as a registered provider means that you can utilise your NDIS funding to access our services with ease.

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 Early intervention for all ages

Early intervention isn’t just for young children. Regardless of age, needs or abilities, our early intervention therapies support all people with cerebral palsy. Our cerebral palsy treatments can help you achieve your goals.

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