March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a condition (not a disease) that affects motor ability in people of all ages. Not all symptoms are immediately noticeable and are only seen as a child develops. When diagnosing CP, doctors conduct a comprehensive, clinical evaluation process that looks for:

    1. Relaxed, floppy muscles or stiff, tight muscles
    2. Unusual postures
    3. Favoring one side of the body over the other
    4. Other indications via MRI


What causes cerebral palsy?

While there is not a singular cause of CP, there are risk factors:

  1. Premature birth
  2. Low birth weight
  3. Stroke
  4. Being a twins/triplet/other multiple birth
  5. Lack of oxygen to the brain prior or during birth


What are the types of cerebral palsy?

  1. Spastic cerebral palsy - characterized by stiffness and trouble moving
  2. Dyskinetic (athetoid) - uncontrolled movements
  3. Ataxic - problems with balance/depth perception
  4. Mixed - combination of the 3 previous types


How can I provide support for a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy?

Early intervention is KEY. Parents should be willing to be involved as early as possible; this means providing support via tools that allow the child opportunity to stay involved, and being an advocate/asking for help and services when needed. Understand that tools are NOT a crutch, and actually serve to encourage and facilitate growth.


What are some of the cerebral palsy support groups or communities available?

  1. Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  3. Kourageous Karter Foundation

If you know a person with cerebral palsy, you know one person with cerebral palsy. CP, as a diagnosis, is not a wide net, it's very individual. -Bruce Fleming BSME

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