Children with cerebral palsy have special physical and medical needs. But they have emotional and social needs, too — and so do their families. At St. Louis Children’s Hospital, we believe these needs are just as important as medical care.

That’s why we integrate social work support into our care plan. At every visit, your social worker talks with you about any struggles or challenges — and shares resources to help.

Social and Emotional Support for Cerebral Palsy

Our goal is to provide answers and support to help you in all areas of life. No matter what your question or concern, your social worker will listen. You can ask them about anything during your visit.

Many families ask their social worker about:

  • Respite care (care at home)
  • School challenges
  • Emotional support
  • Financial and insurance questions

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

The following websites contain helpful information for families of children with cerebral palsy:

Cerebral Palsy Resources for Missouri Residents

Cerebral Palsy Resources for Illinois Residents

Talk With a Social Worker at the Cerebral Palsy Center

If you’re a new patient, you’ll need a referral for care at our Cerebral Palsy Center. Please ask your physician to send us a referral before your first visit. At your first appointment, you’ll meet our social worker. They will be an integral part of your care.

For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy, call 314.454.5437 or 800.678.5437, or email us.