A special session of interaction with parents of children affected by cerebral palsy (CP) was arranged at Sancheti hospital in Pune. Doctors emphasized that timely, continuous treatment, with help of physiotherapy can make the child free of CP one day.
Dr Sandeep Patwardhan, renowned paediatric orthopedician, said, “The parents should understand that the child can become functionally independent if s/he receives right treatment at right time. The deformities are correctible and treatment techniques like surgeries and Botox can help to make child functionally independent.”
Psychological counsellor Shilpa Dhoot motivated the parents by saying, “Early counselling of families or care givers of children having CP may function as a starting point for parental adaptation. As the condition continues lifelong, it requires on-going services and adjustments to promote the overall health and wellbeing of their child.”
Paediatric physiotherapists, Surabhi Date and Pankti Tanna added further that physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are the mainstay for rehabilitation of the children with CP. But there are many emerging assistive therapies which may enhance these mainstay therapies. Parents should also support therapies such as aquatic therapy, music therapy or dance therapy for making their child confident, able and functionally independent
Dr Rajendra Khedekar from Center for Special Education shared information about the challenges in providing basic community infrastructure to these children. He said, “In our society children with special needs are still considered a social stigma. In reality such children need more affection so that there self-confidence is boosted and they can strive harder for their goals. The society itself needs to be more supportive which can be achieved only if the awareness for the condition improves, so we need to mass media wisely to propagate the thought.”