Parental Education - Rosalin Child Development and Rehabilitation Centre

Facts About Cerebral Palsy

  • Cerebral palsy is not a sickness or disease. No one can catch it, or reverse cerebral palsy. It is a brain injury. The injury is usually caused by lack of oxygen to the brain before or after birth.
  • No two people have cerebral palsy the same way. Limitations associated with the condition vary by brain injury location and intensity of the injury.
  • People can walk and still have CP. Not everyone needs to use a wheelchair to be mobile. Some can walk, or use canes, walkers or crutches
  • Mental challenges and cerebral palsy are different disabilities. Some people with cerebral palsy can have a mental challenge, but in most cases, they have average to above-average IQ.
  • Some people will also experience vision, hearing and attention difficulties. But again, everyone is different. Sometimes a person with cerebral palsy has excellent hearing, vision and attention.
  • Speech impairment is common in those with cerebral palsy. The impairment may make them difficult to understand, or they may be unable to speak at all. Speech therapy have important role here.
  • Cerebral palsy affects the way the muscles move and respond. Think of a computer that isn’t working like it should. You hit the right button, but sometimes it just doesn’t respond. A person with cerebral palsy can send a message to the brain, but the muscles do not always get the correct message.
  • A child with cerebral palsy is still a child. They all need love, guidance, support, play, creativity, and rules. They don’t need pity or extra-special treatment just because they require assistance.
  • Occupational (OT), Neurodevelopmental therapies are excellent for people with cerebral palsy. They help them to strengthen muscles and make them to be independent in activity of daily living like feeding, Toileting, Dressing & Mobility.
  • Women and men with cerebral palsy can have children, and women can have normal pregnancies. Cerebral palsy isn’t genetic, so it doesn’t affect an unborn baby.
  • The life expectancy of someone with cerebral palsy is normal.
  • Early intervention predicts the outcome of condition. So, as early as possible consult with Occupational Therapist.