About Cerebral Palsy

CEREBRAL PALSY

 Cerebral Palsy is a condition, wherein the part of the individual’s brain that controls motor function- i.e. controls muscles and body movements is affected. 

The individual with cerebral palsy faces:

-      Movement and posture difficulties;

-      Inability to move or maintain balance and coordination required for his/ her daily activity.

The area of the brain that is affected does not change over time. This means that Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive condition. However, as the child grows one may see changes due to development, maturation and intervention.   

A child with Cerebral Palsy benefits tremendously with Physiotherapy and Early intervention.

A team comprising doctors, psychologist, physiotherapist and special educator would be an ideal team to guide the family on what to do and where to go. Hospitals / Child guidance centres / Special schools are the places to go to access the required services.

For families it is important to get information about the condition known as Cerebral Palsy and then get specific information in relation to their child ie child-specific information.

Families need to be aware that children with Cerebral Palsy may have associated difficulties such as Vision difficulties, Hearing difficulties, Speech difficulties along with the primary movement difficulties. Thus each child with Cerebral Palsy would be  unique. Some children may also have intellectual disability- but it is important to note that NOT all children with Cerebral Palsy have  intellectual disability.    

Many individuals with Cerebral Palsy have been to mainstream schools, gone in for higher studies and are today financially independent . Some have started ventures of their own while many others are working in offices and organisations.

The first step however remains the most important – to get the right information and to access services at the earliest.