There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, but interventions, including treatment, therapy, special equipment, and, in some cases, surgery can help children with Cerebral Palsy.
With the exception of a few cases of severe Cerebral Palsy, most children with the condition are expected to live well into adulthood.
Some conditions that accompany Cerebral Palsy are seizures, problems with vision, hearing or speech, changes in the spine, joint problems, difficulties in swallowing and intellectual difficulties.
Persons with Cerebral Palsy are three to four times more likely to have depression. The level of emotional support, and how one copes with the stress can both have a significant impact on his/her mental health.
Early detection and intervention is extremely important. Early diagnosis will result in timely treatment of congenital malformations and other medical conditions. Early intervention consists of a programme of therapies, exercises and activities, designed to specifically help your child. These can be carried out at home, as well as through specialist interventions.
Every child has a legal right to education. Whether to send your child to a mainstream or special school is a personal decision, based on your child’s special education needs and your personal preferences. If your child is in a mainstream school, he or she may need an adapted curriculum and may be required to attend special classes.
The occupational therapist identifies the problems that your child may face in carrying out everyday tasks, and helps him/her develop the fine motor skills needed to accomplish these. Occupational therapy also helps to boost your child’s self-esteem and independence.
Some persons with disabilities can’t speak and hence cannot communicate their functional or social needs. They have complex communication needs. All these people with CCN needs support using different augmentative and alternative ways to express themselves. These different ways of communication are called AAC. AAC does not deter but enhance the speech efforts of a person with CCN. IICP offers speech therapy and AAC solutions for persons with CCN.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a term used to describe a broad range of communicative behaviors and methods which support and enhance communication for all who are unable to use speech as their primary mode of communication. (Anne Warrick & Dr. S. Kaul, 2009) AAC includes many low-tech and high-tech methods, starting from miniature objects or picture boards to software, apps and voice output devices.
Niramaya Health Insurance Scheme is an affordable health insurance scheme for Persons with Disabilities covering under National Trust Act 1999. Through this scheme the beneficiaries can avail an insurance coverage up to 1 lakh and it would be renewed every year.
Manabik Pension Scheme is a scheme implemented by West Bengal, to aid the physically challenged financially. The monthly pension provided under the Manabik Pension Scheme is Rs.1000 for the eligible applicant.