Cerebral palsy in under 25s: assessment and management

This guideline covers diagnosing, assessing and managing cerebral palsy in children and young people from birth up to their 25th birthday. It aims to make sure they get the care and treatment they need for the developmental and clinical comorbidities associated with cerebral palsy, so that they can be as active and independent as possible.

This guideline includes recommendations on:

  • causes and recognition of cerebral palsy 
  • multidisciplinary care and information and support 
  • managing feeding and drooling problems 
  • support with speech, language and communication 
  • assessing and managing pain, discomfort, distress and sleep disturbances
  • information on other comorbidities, including mental health problems
  • transition to adults’ services

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Social care professionals
  • Children and young people with cerebral palsy, and their families and carers
British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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