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Journal of Interprofessional Practice and Collaboration

Abstract

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and muscles, often causing motor and social delays. Children diagnosed with CP often require interdisciplinary care to promote quality of life and improved development of motor and social skills. Interdisciplinary teams made up of families, the patient, nurses and therapists allow for ongoing goal setting and communication of treatment plans. Each member of the team plays a significant role as they offer specialized services to enhance not only the patient’s physical development but also

the child’s ability to build social relationships, promote autonomy, and encourage independence.

An interdisciplinary approach allows for individualized care while taking the focus off of the child’s limitations and placing it on the child’s ability to adapt and reach their maximum potential.

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