Early Diagnosis

Dad and two daughters holding Owen (born two months ago with CP) in a rocking chair in the NICU
Overview

Diagnosis of CP can and should happen as early as possible.

Cerebral palsy, except in its mildest forms, is often evident in the first year of life and it’s important to get a diagnosis as early as possible in order to improve long term outcomes. Early diagnosis begins with your child's medical history and could involve your doctor doing a combination of neuroimaging and neurological, and motor assessments.

Receiving early diagnoses or high risk for CP classification is a parent priority. Early diagnosis, when given in a manner that is respectful, truthful, and responsive to parental need, can result in increased familial engagement and hope.

Contributors
Dr. Nathalie Maitre, MD, PhD
Director of Early Development and Cerebral Palsy Research, Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Chief Science Officer and co-Founder SmallTalk
Garey Noritz, MD 
Division Chief of the Complex Health Care Program, Nationwide Children's Hospital