Cerebral Palsy pp 193-200 | Cite as

Early Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy



Whilst starting intervention early is a common goal of many clinicians and researchers, there is paucity of high-quality evidence to support early interventions in improving motor and other neurodevelopmental outcomes when commenced in the first 2 years of life. The evidence that does exist for early motor intervention for infants with cerebral palsy (CP) or high risk of CP recommends interventions based on motor learning principles with child-initiated movement that actively involves parents and focuses on environmental enrichment. Ideally diagnosis-specific intervention should occur as early as possible, during key periods of brain plasticity and prior to maladaptation of the musculoskeletal and central nervous system.


Cerebral palsy Early intervention General movements Motor learning Infant development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physiotherapy, School of Health SciencesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.PhysiotherapyThe Royal Women’s HospitalMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Victorian Infant Brain StudyMurdoch Childrens Research InstituteParkvilleAustralia
  4. 4.Cerebral Palsy AllianceThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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