Meet Owen. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 6 months.
LEARN ABOUT CPF’S LIFE-CHANGING WORK, INCLUDING OUR EARLY DETECTION INITIATIVE
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a brain injury.
CP affects movement and no two cases are the same. CP is caused by a variety of things, but one way is due to lack of oxygen to the brain (also known as a stroke).
In the past, CP wasn’t diagnosed until age 2.
Imagine having a stroke as an adult and waiting 2 years to do anything about it. That’s insane right?! We think so too.
The brain’s ability to adapt peaks from 0-2yrs.
The brain’s ability to make connections is called neuroplasticity. If a baby starts therapies from 0-2 years old, he/she can actually recover function that was lost.
We are lowering the age of detection to 6 months!
CPF partnered with 5 medical institutions to implement best practices for detecting cerebral palsy at the earliest possible moment.
“Thanks to CPF’s Early Detection program we started therapy right after he left the NICU.”
I think the most fortunate thing is that we knew so early what was going on and could understand it. We could start working with him literally out of the gate. As soon as we got out of the NICU, he started therapy. - Evan, Owen’s Dad
Photo by Amy Cook
The family toolkit is a one-stop shop designed to provide information and practical resources for parents who have just received a diagnosis.
Help improve how babies move and process information. The brain's ability to make connections peaks from 0-2yrs so starting physical therapy during this time is crucial to a baby's development.
CP is a brain injury (similar to a stroke) and in the past took 2 years to diagnose. Imagine if you had a stroke and had to wait two years to treat it. Help families get the assessments they need so they can get a diagnosis at 6 months.
80% of doctors graduate medical school without ever having treated an infant with CP. Training more providers guarantees that professionals will be able to detect the likelihood of cerebral palsy in high-risk infants so that families will have a roadmap for their child’s future.