Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Disability Benefits in Wyoming
When you first discover that you or your loved one has cerebral palsy, it is a normal reaction to feel shock. You will wonder about treatment options and worry about how to pay for them. We created this page to give you help as you start your new journey. First, we will give you an overview of what cerebral palsy is and then give you a list of places where you can go for treatment and other services. After that, we will talk about the options for funding the treatments and services for cerebral palsy, and finally take a look at the process of applying for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration and the Wyoming Department of Family Services.What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is a disorder in the brain that comes from damage it sustains. There is no cure, but treatments can reduce the difficulties of living with it. Infection, lack of oxygen and physical injury in the brain can all be responsible for the disorder. When cerebral palsy happens in utero, it comes from either a lack of oxygen during a difficult birth, or from a maternal infection that also infected the fetus. Later in life, an infection can still cause it, but so can a physical brain injury. The disorder will diminish the individual's ability to walk and maintain balance and even hold his or her posture while sitting.Seeking Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy can be a devastating diagnosis, but you don't have to face it alone. Wyoming has treatment centers and coordinated care services for sufferers of cerebral palsy and their caregivers. Early intervention and treatment are important in improving the lives of those with cerebral palsy. No one can cure cerebral palsy, but lack of treatment does not have to prevent you from reaching your full potential.
Fremont Therapy Group
8168 Highway 789
Lander, WY 82520
The Fremont Therapy Group has a team of professionals with a variety of skills and certifications, including balance issues and aquatic therapy. They develop effective, evidence-based treatment plans after spending one-on-one time with the patient. The same therapist provides care for the patient throughout their treatment plan.
They have been around nearly 20 years and have a reputation for quality treatment and care. The professionals at Fremont Therapy Group are experienced and empathetic to their patients' needs.
North Platte Physical Therapy
7226 Commons Dr B
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Established in 1988, they provide quality care to rural Wyoming residents. With a strong belief in education, they stay at the forefront of medical advances. Their staff advances their clinical knowledge through board certifications and continuing education.
Child Development Center of Natrona County
2020 East 12th St
Casper, WY 82601
The Child Development Center treats children between the ages of three and five. They do screenings, assessments, special education, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Counseling is also available for parents.Financial Support for Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy can mean a loss of $900,000 over the life of the child due to treatment costs and lost wages. Many with cerebral palsy are never able to hold a job, whether due to the cerebral palsy or any of the other numerous afflictions that often accompany it. Wyoming can help with this tremendous financial burden and an experienced attorney can get you through the process with a minimum of difficulties. If the cerebral palsy stems from medical malpractice, your attorney will go over your legal options as well.Social Security Benefits
The Social Security Administration has two programs offering help to those who qualify, and families with a member with a cerebral palsy diagnosis can take advantage of this. The Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) are available for those who have worked for at least ten years and earned enough work credit. Adults who were disabled before they turned 22 can also apply.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available for families of low income or for those who have not yet accumulated enough work credits. If a child of a low-income family meets the standards for disability according to the Social Security Administration, they can also be eligible. Under certain conditions, the state of Wyoming will also augment the SSI payment.Applying for Social Security Benefits
Each state has its own department for determining the validity of a disability application, even though Social Security is a federal program. Wyoming's department is:
Disability Determination Services
2617 East Lincolnway, #B
Cheyenne, WY 82002
If, after you file your application, they deny your claim, you may file an appeal. You have several appeals to file but an attorney can best help you through this often-complex process. As a last resort, you may need to file a suit in federal court to get the help your family needs. Your attorney can advise you about your course of action.