Cerebral Palsy/Spina Bifida

The Nebraska Health and Human Services Medically Handicapped Children's Program contracts with the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) to provide interdisciplinary clinics for children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

Cerebral Palsy is a term for non-progressive disorders that affect movement control. Complications can vary from mild to severe and can affect cognitive skills, motor movement, speech and language. Spina Bifida is a birth defect that causes abnormal development of the spinal cord and thus underdevelopment of bones, muscles and nerves. It can sometimes result in lower-body weakness or paralysis and the development of hydrocephalus in the brain. While both cerebral palsy and spina bifida can be somewhat limiting, the goal of MMI therapists is to maximize development as much as possible.

A team of professionals, including physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, nutritionists and others are involved in consultations. Following an evaluation, treatment recommendations specific to that individual are made. MMI personnel will assist in finding resources for individuals and their families, most of which are provided at no cost to families through school systems.

The family-centered care team at MMI will continue to monitor and follow-up with individuals who need continued services with the purpose of helping each child to unlock their full potential.

For more information on the Medically Handicapped Children's Program, please visit the Nebraska Health and Human Services website.