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Uncertainty of diagnosis

There may be particular problems in communicating with parents if the diagnosis cannot yet be established.

The concept of an 'evolving motor disorder' can be used to point out the extent of the child's abilities. Placing a child into a diagnostic category does not necessarily indicate what may happen to them in the future. The young developing child is continually changing and an evolving disability has to be considered in this context.

It can be very damaging for children to be wrongly diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, and for this to be changed at a later date. However, children may be denied certain services without a clear diagnosis of CP. The concept of functional need in defining services which has been used in recent years, especially by health and education, may be a useful approach in cases where the diagnosis is uncertain.

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