Cerebral Palsy: An Overview
Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. The disorder is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
Cerebral palsy affects people in many ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Although cerebral palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of these symptoms can improve or degrade over time.
People who have cerebral palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.
Children with cerebral palsy may be supported by a team of professionals including health professionals and community-based support services who work together to help the child and family reach their goals.