Illinois Medical Facility Dedicated to Treating Children With Cerebral Palsy
Years ago, treatment centers for children with cerebral palsy (CP) were extremely limited. Now, thanks to increased awareness about the condition, children living with CP have many high-quality options.
A medical facility where kids come first and foremost
One of them is the Center for Independence Through Conductive Education, in Countryside, Illinois. Utilizing the idea of “conductive education,” a program developed by Hungarian researchers in the 1940s, the center focuses on re-training the brains of children. CITCE uses an intensive program of group education that demands that each child actively participate in his or her rehabilitation.
“Conductive Education helps children with cerebral palsy, because it teaches them how to use their body,” says Helen Bourke-Taylor, a clinical supervisor at CITCE. “It allows them the time to develop the strength and endurance to learn motor skills.”
Different therapies to help kids get the most out of CP treatment
Group sessions are overseen by a combination of professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and “conductors” – people who are specially trained in the development of children with motor impairment. CITCE believes that the group pressure acts as a positive reinforcement, getting children to advance more rapidly than they would with one-on-one therapy. Games, songs, and repetitive “action” statements are all part of the standard curriculum.
“Emotionally, the group works,” says CITCE Conductor Zsolt Ezsias. “The kids socialize a lot; they talk to each other, back and forth. They get input from each other.”
CITCE, which opened in 1998, will be offering numerous short- and long-term programs throughout the summer. Currently, CITCE serves 195 children in three locations around Chicago.
About Cerebral Palsy in Children
According to CITCE, cerebral palsy (CP) impacts about 1 in 278 children in the U.S. Unlike many medical conditions, cerebral palsy stems from an injury to the brain, versus from genetic defects. Many scientists now believe that the brain injury is due to a lack of oxygen immediately before and during the birthing process. Cerebral palsy is usually diagnosed during a child’s formative years.
Though the severity of CP varies from case to case, a diagnosis of CP usually means a lifetime of developmental intervention. Children with CP usually require a good deal of help with basic skills, such as dressing, eating and using a toilet.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents families who experience CP due to trauma at birth. If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, call us today and talk candidly about your concerns. (888) 424-5757