A term used to encompass a number of disorders of the developing brain affecting body movement, posture and muscle coordination.
Caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during, or shortly after birth; during infancy; or during early childhood.
Not a disease, not progressive, nor communicable.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy: characterized by muscle stiffness and permanent contractions.
Athetoid or Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: characterized by uncontrolled, slow, writhing movements.
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: characterized by poor coordination and balance.
At this time, there is no cure for the developmental brain damage that causes cerebral palsy. Training and therapy, however, can help improve muscle function and coordination. Studies have found that children who receive early intervention services such as physical and occupational therapy and other support services are more likely to lead a more typical and improved quality of life.
Past medical studies on cerebral palsy do not indicate any life expectancy trends, but research strongly suggests that life expectancy is correlated to severity of disabilities. Patients who have severe forms of cerebral palsy – particularly lack of mobility, lack of ability to feed oneself, or severe respiratory impairment – are expected to have a shortened lifespan, while those who are fully ambulatory and capable of self feeding have normal life expectancy.
United Cerebral Palsy: http://www.ucp.org/
The CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dd/ddcp.htm
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.htm
Aspire of Western New York Diasbility Services: www.aspirewny.com
Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York: www.ddawny.org
Cerebral Palsy Support for Families: http://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/support/
Cerebral Palsy Guidance Website https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/