Treatment & Therapy

Health Law Adds Coverage For Developmental Disability Services

A little remarked upon requirement in the health law expands treatments for those with developmental disabilities. But experts are concerned that insurers may find ways to skirt the new rule.

CDC: Half Of Kids With Disabilities Skip Flu Shots

Despite an increased risk for complications from the flu, many children with intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and other disorders are not vaccinated to protect against the virus.

FDA Warns Against Alternative Autism Therapy

Federal regulators are warning consumers that a therapy often marketed for treating autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions is unproven and may “endanger their health.”

Study: 1 In 4 With Cerebral Palsy In Pain

Many children and teens with cerebral palsy are struggling with chronic pain, researchers say, but it often goes unrecognized and untreated.

More Thorough Developmental Screenings Recommended

In an effort to improve long-term outcomes, a leading group of pediatricians says doctors should routinely evaluate babies and young children for motor skills delays.

Study Points To Treatment For Cerebral Palsy

A new technique being heralded as a breakthrough could have significant implications for the treatment of cerebral palsy and similar conditions.

Stem Cell Trial Shows Promise For Some With Cerebral Palsy

For the first time, a federally-approved clinical trial is underway to determine whether stem cells from a child’s cord blood can improve symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Video Games May Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Often reviled for encouraging kids to spend too much time in front of screens, new research suggests that some video games may actually benefit those with cerebral palsy.

In Breakthrough, Study Finds Cerebral Palsy Treatable

Medication may be able to sharply alter the course of cerebral palsy, scientists said, after finding that animals with the developmental condition responded remarkably to a new treatment.

School Says No To Walker For Girl With Disability

After two years using a walker, a Texas school district is ordering a 5-year-old girl with cerebral palsy back into her wheelchair. Now, the girl’s mother is fighting back.

Doctor’s Cerebral Palsy Proves A Draw

Jan Brunstrom doesn’t just treat patients with cerebral palsy — the physician has the condition herself. And her unique ability to relate is drawing patients from as far away as Europe.

True Origin Of Cerebral Palsy May Be Genetic

Long thought to be caused by problems at birth, researchers now say that in most cases cerebral palsy may actually originate in a person’s genes much like other developmental disabilities.

Therapy Playhouse Sparks Neighborhood Association Uproar

A backyard playhouse designed to help a Kentucky toddler with cerebral palsy may have to go after a neighborhood association raised objections and threatened the family with fines.

Prisoner Has Magic Touch As Service Dog Trainer

Christopher Vogt is a certified master dog trainer who spends his days teaching man’s best friend to soothe and physically assist individuals with disabilities. He’s also a convicted killer.

Disability Advocates At Odds Over ‘Wandering’ Proposal

Advocates are divided over a CDC proposal to add wandering to the menu of descriptors doctors can use to diagnose individuals with autism, intellectual disability and other conditions.

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