CEREBRAL PALSY HOME PAGE
THE ALFRED I. DUPONT INSTITUTE
Cerebral Palsy is a chronic condition affecting
the nerves which control the body's muscles. It is often accompanied by
multiple medical, social and educational challenges. The Institute's Cerebral
Palsy Program provides comprehensive medical and support services for the
child with cerebral palsy to age 18.
A pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and a developmental pediatrician direct
the program. These physicians work with a wide array of medical specialists
and health professionals to provide the child with cerebral palsy the most
complete innovative care available. These include: Nurse Practitioners
and Physician Assistants, Dentistry, Developmental Medicine, Gait
Analysis Laboratory, Gastroenterology, Medical Imaging, Neurology,
Nutrition Therapy, Opthalmology, Orthopaedic
Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Psychology,
Pulmonology and Social Work. Further services and short descriptions are
The Institute offers many services that can contribute to the increased
independence of a child with cerebral palsy at home, school and in the
- The Augmentative Communication and Technology Clinic provides
multidisciplinary evaluation and therapy in the areas of communication
and computer use, as well as other aids to foster independence.
- Occupational Therapy improves hand function, perceptual motor
skills and other activities of daily living. The occupational therapist
works closely with other staff to determine appropriate adaptive devices,
splinting needs, positioning equipment and home modifications.
- Physical Therapy provides medically based, customized programs
to assist the child and family in maximizing the child's function. Specialized
services can be provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis, focusing
on: evaluation of motor development, functional mobility, and appropriate
equipment; developmental stimulation; gait/mobility training; immediate
post-operative management, family education and theraputic pool facilities.
- The Rehabilitation Engineering Clinic provides reccomendations
for seating and wheelchairs.
- Speech Pathology provides assessment and treatment for children
with communication problems and works with other members of the evaluation
and treatment team to assess feeding and swallowing disorders. Audiologists,
who evaluate children's hearing, have experience working with very young,
special needs and difficult-to-test patients.
- The Spasticity Clinic involves a multidisciplinary
assessment of spasticity which considers such things as positioning, surgical
procedures such as dorsal rhizotomy and muscle surgery and medicines such
as intrathecal Baclofen and Botox.
- The Orthotics Shop, located on the premises, makes braces based
on the individual child's needs.
- Rehabilitation Services provides comprehensive inpatient and
outpatient services through a coordinated interdisciplinary program, including
physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and neuropsychology, to
children who require this level of care.
- The Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories, located at
the Institute, is an internationally known center of applied research in
the development of state-of-the-art augmentative communication and robotics
technology. Many of the innovations developed in the lab are used by Institute
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