Cerebral palsy is a term that refers to a group of conditions resulting from brain damage before, during, or shortly after birth. It is often attributed to a lack of oxygen to the brain and is not hereditary.
- An inability to coordinate muscles
- Lack of muscle control
Serious conditions may be accompanied by:
- Convulsive disorders
- Limited general intelligence
- Problems in thinking or reasoning
- Limitations in communication
Services that may be beneficial for a child with cerebral palsy include:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Special education
Where can I find further information?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides health information about cerebral palsy, including factsheets on specific topics associated with the disorder.
United Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc.
Advocates for the rights of persons with any disability. Its mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.