Cerebral Palsy Services
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy occurs in two or three children out of 1,000. It’s a lifelong condition. People do not grow out of CP, but most improve with time and treatment. The two main symptoms of CP are stiffness and poor control of movement. It can affect one part of the body, such as a single arm or leg, or the entire body. Some people experience just stiffness or poor control of movement, while others experience both.
Because CP is the result of impaired brain function, most people have problems in other developmental areas in addition to the problems with movement. These additional problems can be mild or severe and may include language delays, learning disabilities, mental retardation, visual or hearing impairment, ADHD, and seizures. Only 25 percent of people with CP have problems only with their motor skills.
How is it treated?
Cerebral Palsy Services provided at Easter Seals:
Assistive Technology Clinic - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Clinic that prescribes pieces of equipment or product systems, whether modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve capabilities of individuals with disabilities and/or the caregivers who work with them.
Assistive Technology Resource Room - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal
Orthotics & Serial Casting Clinic - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Custom-made orthotics that provide stability and support for proper positioning during standing and walking.
Constraint Induced Movement Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Therapeutic approach for the treatment of children with hemiplegia that has resulted in a significant motor improvement in the function of the impaired arm.
Aquatic Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - A variety of swim classes to allow individuals to move more easily, and is therapeutic for certain medical conditions.
Physical Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur - Ongoing therapy to enhance and restore function and mobility to individuals with neurological, developmental or orthopedic disabilities, and encourage independence at home, school, work, and in the community.
Speech Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur - Ongoing therapy to enhance receptive and expressive communication, and oral-motor skills.
Feeding Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Therapy focusing on children who demonstrate some sort of feeding difficulty.
Occupational Therapy - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Ongoing therapy to assist in the improvement of fine motor, self-help, sensory processing, visual-motor, motor planning, play and independent living skills.
Rehabilitation Coordination - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Developing an individualized plan for each child and family receiving services at Easter Seals.
Support Groups - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Programs and support services for families who have children with disabilities or special needs.
Individual & Family Counseling - Peoria, Bloomington-Normal - Counseling services for children and families with disabilities or special needs.
For more information on services in your area contact the Peoria Service Center at 309.686.1177, the Bloomington Service Center at 309.663.8275 or the Decatur Service Center at 217.429.1052.