Spina bifida is a birth defect involving the nervous system that occurs when the spinal column is not fully formed. Spina bifida is characterized by:
- Muscle weakness or paralysis
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
Services that may be beneficial for a child with spina bifida include:
- Physical disability accommodations
- Language therapy
Where can I find further information?
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (2004)
Incidence, characteristics, and resources for those dealing with spina bifida.
Spina Bifida Association of America
The only national voluntary health agency dedicated solely to enhancing the lives of those with spina bifida and those whose lives are touched by it.