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There are recent studies that are providing methods to detect infants and young children with cerebral palsy (CP) early. For infants who are high-risk, such as those born very premature, there are international guidelines to detect CP early using a range of sophisticated assessment tools (magnetic resonance imaging, General Movements Assessment using videos, standardized neurodevelopmental assessments).

These tools are being used in Neonatal Follow-up programs that follow high-risk newborns systematically over the first years of life.

 

Many children with CP are not born early and did not have a high-risk delivery. A different strategy is needed for these children so that we can diagnose CP early. We developed a toolkit to help community physicians detect CP in infants as part of their well-baby care visits.

 

LINK CP Early Detection Page Content_May5

 

ARTICLES

1.     Boychuck, Z., Bussières, A., Goldschleger, J., Majnemer, A., & the PROMPT group. (2019). Age at referral for diagnosis and rehabilitation services for cerebral palsy: A scoping review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 61(8), 908-914. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.14034

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/dmcn.14034

 

2.     Boychuck, Z., Andersen, J., Fehlings, D., Kirton, A., Oskoui, M., Shevell, M., Majnemer, A., & the PROMPT group. (2020). Current referral practices for diagnosis and intervention for children with cerebral palsy: A national environmental scan. The Journal of Pediatrics, 216, 174-181. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.09.035

https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(19)31201-6/abstract

 

3.     Boychuck, Z., Andersen, J., Bussières, A., Fehlings, D., Kirton, A., Li, P., Oskoui, M., Rodriguez, C., Shevell, M., Snider, L., Majnemer, A., & the PROMPT group. (in press). Use of consensus methods to determine the early clinical signs of cerebral palsy. Paediatrics & Child Health. DOI: 10.1093/pch/pxz061

https://academic.oup.com/pch/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/pch/pxz061/5486984

 

4.    Boychuck, Z., Andersen, J., Bussières, A., Fehlings, D., Kirton, A., Li, P., Oskoui, M., Rodriguez, C., Shevell, M., Snider, L., Majnemer, A., & the PROMPT group. (2020). International expert recommendations of clinical features to prompt referral for diagnostic assessment of cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 62(1), 89-96. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.14252

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dmcn.14252

Commentary: Msall, M. E. (2020). Establishing community pathways for the early recognition of cerebral palsy: red flags, enablement, and family support. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 62(1), 13. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.14314

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dmcn.14314

 

5.    Garfinkle, J., Li, P., Boychuck, Z., Bussières, A., & Majnemer, A. (2020). Early clinical features of cerebral palsy in children without perinatal risk factors: a scoping review. Pediatric Neurology, 102, 56-61. DOI: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2019.07.006

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887899419300414

 

6.    Hubermann, L., Boychuck, Z., Shevell, M., & Majnemer, A. (2016). Age at referral of children for initial diagnosis of cerebral palsy and rehabilitation: Current practices. Journal of Child Neurology, 31(3), 364-9. DOI:10.1177/0883073815596610

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0883073815596610