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Is there a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: Just new terminology

The conditions you describe have been known for many decades.
Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp.

In brief: Just new terminology

The conditions you describe have been known for many decades.
Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Terms that describe

"cp":the gamut of impaired motor function, posture and/or hand use with neurological abnormalities from many different causes of disturbances in brain development & function.
"gdd":significant delays in language, cognition, & adaptive skills in children too young for valid iq testing. Intellectual disability: significant subaverage intellectual & adaptive function that adversely impacts education.

In brief: Terms that describe

"cp":the gamut of impaired motor function, posture and/or hand use with neurological abnormalities from many different causes of disturbances in brain development & function.
"gdd":significant delays in language, cognition, & adaptive skills in children too young for valid iq testing. Intellectual disability: significant subaverage intellectual & adaptive function that adversely impacts education.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke says that ~ 2/3rds of folks with CP have some degree of Intellectual Disability diagnosed when GDD persists past age 4 by standardized scores of < 70 in IQ & adaptive skills. 50% of folks with CP have seizures. Even if brain MRI is abnormal, a Chromosomal Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X are done to rule out genetic causes. See below.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Other frequently associated impairments are explained on www.brainandspinalcord.org/cerebral-palsy/index.html. Therapies by an Early Intervention Program should begin as soon as an infant with risk factors for CP & related Neurodevelopmental Disorders is discharged from the NICU & continue with Special Education services from age 3-21 years, under U.S. Public Law IDEA for optimal outcome.
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