Interdisciplinary therapies for cerebral palsy

In addition to physical therapy, the best potential can be achieved with the help of various interdisciplinary therapies. However, a series of medical evaluations are necessary to determine which is the most appropriate in each case.

If you are considering any interdisciplinary therapy, be clear that it should always go hand in hand with kinesiological therapy, that is, therapy that focuses on the rehabilitation of movement and motor function. Together, they promote self-care and independence.

The therapy to be performed depends on the needs of each patient, the type of cerebral palsy, the degree of disability and the associative conditions.the degree of disability and the associative conditions. For this reason, a medical evaluation must be carried out to determine the most appropriate therapy for each person.

Below you can review some alternatives:

Occupational therapy

It seeks to improve the child's functionality in their daily life activities. Its sessions try to recreate part of the activities and tasks that they will face in their daily environment, such as home and school. The idea is that little by little they learn strategies to solve these challenges through postures, fine motor development and even overcoming feeding difficulties. This will serve them throughout their lives and also to face the working world (due to the degree of independence and confidence it will give them).

Language and communication therapies

They will focus their efforts on enabling the child to learn an effective way to communicate, through augmentative and alternative communication strategies and devices, such as boards, gadgetssuch as boards, gadgets, pictograms, sign language or other tools that fit their own daily context. It is concerned with enhancing the comprehensive and expressive aspects of language.

Nutritional therapy

This alternative can mitigate or minimize many symptoms of paralysis by following a healthy diet.. It is recommended for those who have reflux, constipation or difficulty eating.

Hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy

It is used primarily to improve muscle tone and function through exercises that are fun and less intimidating than conventional physical therapy. It especially benefits them in achieving unassisted walkinga Canadian study indicated. In water, the load and impact on the joints is reduced. Thus, it is easier to achieve balance and better posture.

Behavioral therapy

It is mainly used to help deal with emotions and behavioral maladaptations, helping the child to develop self-esteem and well-being. It is also recommended, psychology, which can help their parents or caregivers.


Interdisciplinary therapies help in the recovery of the cerebral palsy patient in different areas. After a series of medical evaluations, they can determine which is the most optimal for each patient, as it depends on a number of factors.

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