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How is CP acquired?

Cerebral Palsy may be the result of an illness (i.e.: measles, chicken pox, etc.) suffered by the mother during the pregnancy. Delivery complications such as prolonged labor may increase the likelihood of CP; prematurity plays a key role as well. Trauma during delivery may similarly cause CP when the infant suffers from Oxygen deprivation. It may be the result of Rh incompatibility between the mother and the father. In some cases, CP may develop after birth (especially when the child suffers from infections such as Meningitis or from a head injury. Manifestations after the child turns eight (8) years old are classified as Traumatic Brain Injury although its presentation may be likened to Cerebral Palsy.

How is CP diagnosed?

Ordinarily, an infant is brought for periodic check-ups to a Pediatrician. Certain developmental milestones are expected from the infant and these are monitored by both the parents and the doctor. The simplest movements such as lifting the head or turning from the belly on to the back are such signs being watched for from infants. Delay or absence of these actions (i.e.: creeping, crawling, babbling, etc.) may warrant further evaluation to determine its cause. Should CP be suspect, the Pediatrician shall refer to other medical specialists to definitively diagnose the condition.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a NON-PROGRESSIVE lesion in the brain's MOTOR area which affects the child's neuro-muscular development. CP is generally characterized by difficulty in controlling and coordinating muscles. Depending on the degree of involvement, CP may be "mild" in that the child is able to ambulate or walk with or without assistive devices and may be educable. It may be severe as well in that, speech and respiration, even digestion may be affected. Depending on the severity, other conditions may be observed with respect to learning disabilities. As most bodily functions involve some degree of motor function, a CP child will manifest a myriad of conditions which require immediate and/or regular therapeutic modalities.

How is Cerebral Palsy cured?

There is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy. Occupational (for fine motor) and Physical (for gross motor) Therapy are time-honored intervention modalities for CP. Speech Therapy may be advised depending on the child's needs. Children afflicted with CP should be given the opportunity to be educated. Special Education classes that will help them deal with routine activities have proven to be very beneficial for the child's emotional and psycho-social well-being. Assistive devices such as splints for the upper arms or legs known as AFOs (Ankle Foot Orthosis), medication, physical/occupational/speech therapy sessions and in some cases, orthopedic surgery are ways to address the affliction. There are ongoing research studies being conducted on the use of Cord Blood Stem Cell although much has yet to be learned about it and the topic remains very controversial.

What are the goals of treatment?

Whether a CP child is "mild" or "severe", therapies administered and medication given are intended to alleviate the condition. Physical Therapy aims to address the child's gross motor functions (i.e.: crawling, creeping, switching from one leg/arm to another, etc.) while Occupational Therapy seeks to develop the child's fine motor skills as well as integrate daily living skills, socialization and interaction. Speech Therapy addresses the child's oral (communication), digestive and respiratory capacities. As these are all muscle-dependent activities, the CP child that receives intervention early will likely suffer less in the long run as contractures and deformities are being dealt with regularly to prevent its setting in. Medication is prescribed depending on the presenting symptoms such as seizures, spasticity; even to stabilize the child's moods. These modalities are combined to help arrest the progression that CP and related conditions can further cause.

What is PCPI?

The Philippine Cerebral Palsy (Rehabilitation Center) Inc. is the only non-profit, non-stock non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Philippines dedicated entirely to address the needs of children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy and other motor-related disorders. The Center was founded in 1956 and remains at the forefront in the management and care of the CP individual and those suffering from motor-related conditions.

Where is PCPI?

The Center is located at Sacred Heart Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City.

How do I avail of services from PCPI?

Most inquiries are conducted over the phone. The Center can be reached at (63-2) 8972273 or (63-2) 8951786. A brief overview of the Center is relayed to the caller and a schedule is set. It is advised at this point that certain documents should be submitted upon initial visit to the Center. This includes: child's Certificate of Birth, Medical History (Baby Book if available) and Income Tax Return for Social Welfare considerations. Results of diagnostics procedures (i.e.: MRI, X-Ray or CT scan records, EEG, etc.) conducted are also very helpful in expediting the assessment of the child's needs. It is best to seek the advice of a Rehab Medicine (Physiatrist) Specialist prior to coming to PCPI as they shall determine how your child's therapies will progress.

Are there other branches/locations of PCPI other than in Makati?

No, there are none.

My family lives outside of Metro Manila but we would like to avail of PCPI's services. How do we go about this?

PCPI offers a Home Care Program specifically designed for families that live far from the Center. It is a three (3) week-long program whereat the family is advised to stay in Manila where they have better access to the Center. The 1st week focuses on evaluating the child's presenting condition; some therapy may be started; parents are encouraged to observe. During the 2nd week, a more intensive schedule of therapy (PT, OT or both) is initiated to get the child used to the sensation of being "handled" and "manipulated" as a course of these sessions. Again, parent involvement is encouraged. On the 3rd week, the parents or caregiver are taught hands-on the techniques shown them: first on the attending therapist, then on their child. Queries arising during these sessions are encouraged to be voiced so these can be answered and fears allayed. The child is discharged from the Center's service but the family is urged to return for follow-up evaluation in four to six (4-6) months. CP is a lifelong affliction. It is imperative that post-evaluation and subsequent follow-up checkups be done.

How often will my child have to go to therapy?

Depending on the recommendation of the child's Primary Care physician (ideally a Medical Rehabilitation Specialist/Physiatrist), your child may come as frequently as three times a week to once a week. These sessions last an hour each and may be scheduled on same days or staggered over the course of the week.

How much will it cost to send my child for therapy?

The Center relies largely on donations. It is encouraged that a minimum donation be given to PCPI per treatment your child receives to help sustain the Center's operational costs.

What other services are available at PCPI?

The Center is a satellite school of the National Orthopedic Hospital - School for Crippled Children (NOH - SCC) and offers basic Preparatory and Primary level Special Education. Non-formal Computer Education classes are also offered at PCPI.

Download the following:

Nominees QuestionnaireNomination Form

SEARCH FOR OUTSTANDING CP INDIVIDUAL/S QUALIFICATIONS AND MECHANICS:

The annual nation-wide search for Outstanding CP Individuals is on. If you or someone you know who has Cerebral Palsy meets the qualifications listed below, (let them) be acknowledged! The Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection week will be on September 16 - 22, 2012.

These criteria have been reviewed to take into account the CP PWD's limitations. For LAUNCH purposes, these are the qualifications and mechanics that may be adapted so as to facilitate this activity. PLEASE NOTE that previous awardees or winners MAY BE INCLUDED as they had been recognized as ACHIEVERS while this activity hopes to identify the OUTSTANDING CP Individual/s.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Filipino Citizen and a resident of the Philippines
  • Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy
  • Must be willing to undergo interview and screening process
  • Involvement/affiliation with LMO (like-minded organizations) for PWD welfare, a plus

FIELDS OF EXCELLENCE

  • Education/Academe
  • Sports/Athletics
  • Arts & Culture
  • Business/Industry

EDUCATION / ACADEME CRITERIA

  • Must be a student or was graduated of / from a Philippine Educational institution;
  • Must have exemplary grades (i.e.: proof of scholarship, academic/scholastic distinction or citations received including Student Leadership awards, etc.);
  • Must be endorsed by his/her School/College/University (SpEd or Mainstream), and
  • Possess good moral character.

SPORTS / ATHLETICS

  • Must be an active participant of a sporting competition he/she represents for at least three (3) years;
  • Must have won in that sporting event or placed among the TOP 2 of said athletic competition and display proof thereof (Paralympics included);
  • Must be endorsed by the Sport's Coach or Captain;
  • Must lead a healthy lifestyle befitting an athlete (i.e.: no vices), and
  • Possess good moral character.

ARTS & CULTURE

  • Must have received distinction for (art) work product from notable award-giving bodies including Cultural organizations, Schools/Universities or Socio-Civic Organizations;
  • Must be willing to display proof of award received thereof;
  • Must have been able to accomplish such (art) works without help other than physical transport of materials needed (purchasing or re/location of materials used, etc.)
  • Possess good moral character.
  • FOR CULTURAL RECOGNITION: (voice/writing talent) similar criteria apply.

BUSINESS / INDUSTRY

  • Must be engaged in business or performing his/her profession in the Philippines;
  • Must have been engaged in said industry/profession for at least ten (10) years;
  • Must be endorsed by his/her industry's awards giving body or similar Socio-Civic organizations for his/her contribution to the field or profession;
  • Must be engaged in business of consumer goods that do not promote "sin" products, and
  • Possess good moral character.

TO NOMINATING PERSONS / ENTITIES:

Please download the nomination form and accomplish all information requested and mail to:

Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
Sacred Heart Street, San Antonio Village
Makati City 1203 Philippines

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