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Hi, I am DepperDip. My 17 month old fosterling is probably going to be diagnosed with CP

DepperDip
DepperDip Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited August 2021 in Cerebral palsy
I have joined the site as I have recently been told my 17 month old fosterling is most likely to be given a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, it hasn't come as a great surprise to be honest but I am hoping for some guidance and support from others who have more experience than me.

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    There are lots of members here with experience of cp and we have a cp virtual coffee meeting each month 

    Have a look in the cp section 

    Feel free to join in or ask any questions 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Campaigns Posts: 12,488 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @DepperDip :) Welcome to the community! Thanks for joining, it's great to have you with us.

    Just to let you know, I've moved your post into our category for discussions relating to cerebral palsy and renamed it slightly so that other members with experience can offer their advice and support. 

    I'm sure it must feel a little overwhelming to be going through the diagnostic process. Have you been receiving a good level of support from the medical professionals involved? 

    I'd like to point you towards two of Scope's family services, who could be of help:
    • Navigate: support for parents of children newly diagnosed, or who are on the pathway to a diagnosis
    • Parents Connect: emotional peer support and advice for parents of disabled children

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  • WestHam06
    WestHam06 Community member, Scope Volunteer Posts: 1,396 Pioneering
    edited August 2021
    Hi @DepperDip
                               Welcome to the community and thank you for joining us. How are you? The diagnosis process can be difficult to go through and it can bring up lots of different emotions. It's important to make sure that you give yourself the opportunity to process these emotions and to talk about them if you feel this would help and to remember that it is natural to feel these emotions. No two people are affected by Cerebral Palsy in exactly the same way and as a child grows and develops, professionals learn more about the impact it can have on the individual. There should be lots of support from professionals such as physios and occupational therapists who will be able to support you. I'm going to tag @Richard_Scope into this as he is our wonderful Cerebral Palsy Specialist Information officer and will be able to offer so more advice and support. As with any child, the most important thing is to show them love, support and care and it is truly amazing what they can achieve. I have Cerebral Palsy and we were told I would never walk or talk, I do both and some may even say I talk too much :) I hope that this has helped and please do ask if you have anymore questions as we will do our best to answer. Thank you. 
  • DepperDip
    DepperDip Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you @WestHam06, is is good to hear of positive stories. This little one is already exceeding expectations and I am hopeful that that progress will long continue.

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