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Diagnosis

If you're concerned about your child's development, speak to your health visitor or GP. If needed, they can refer you to a specialist team who can check for any problems.

Several tests may be done to look for cerebral palsy or other possible causes of your child's symptoms.

But it may not be possible to make a definitive diagnosis for several months or years, as some symptoms aren't obvious until a child is a few years old.

Examination and checks

First a specialist may:

An assessment of your child's movements and learning abilities may also be carried out.

Brain scans

A brain scan may be recommended to look for damage associated with cerebral palsy.

One or more of the following scans may be recommended:

Other tests

Several other tests may also be done to help confirm cerebral palsy and rule out other conditions.

These may include: