American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Report on Cerebral Palsy
This revised version includes:
- Early detection of CP
- Transition to adulthood and transfer to adult medical care
- More information for pediatricians about providing general care for individuals with CP & collaborating with their specialists
- A list of family resources listed throughout the document that includes the CP Research Network and The CP Tool Kit.
When summarizing his perspective on the clinical report for cerebral palsy, Dr. Garey Noritz says, “We emphasize child and family strengths, family choice, and collaboration early on. Physicians also act as advocates who can help families navigate their relationships with the medical system, therapy providers, school, community groups and other resources.” -Dr. Garey Noritz, FAAP, FACP, lead author of the report and chairperson of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities.
The 2022 AAP clinical report is an outstanding resource for clinicians, and we hope that many of them will learn from it and refer to it when caring for their patients with CP. It is a modern and forward-thinking approach to managing the diversity and complexity of cerebral palsy. We have heard from many families and individuals who feel “lost at sea”, trying to access and coordinate their own care, perhaps this will help alleviate some of these circumstances.