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Recommendations for the provision of therapy

The child with cerebral palsy should have early access to physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Some services are very poorly resourced and in the interests of equity, the need for such provision should be brought clearly to the attention of local and national health services purchasers.

All therapy should be provided as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team approach to the management of these children, with close liaison between therapists.

Clearly defined treatment goals should be agreed with the family and reviewed regularly; outcome measures should be used.

The aim of therapy should be not only to improve skills but also to empower the child and family for the future.

Supervision and specialist training should be available to therapists working with CP.

Families should have access to efficient orthopaedic and orthotic services with access to seating assessment clinics and wheelchair clinics.

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