The Term Given To A Group Of Movement Impairment Conditions
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term covering a group of movement disorders in which the area of the brain that controls motor function was damaged before birth or in the early years of development.
Cerebral palsy rates have increased slightly in the last 30 years or so, despite improvements in medical knowledge. This is thought to be due to a higher number of premature and very low birth weight babies surviving that are more likely to develop cerebral palsy.
Around 1 in 400 children are affected by mild to severe CP symptoms. United Cerebral Palsy is a nationwide US charity offering services to people with any kind of disability.
Cerebral palsy is a chronic disorder, not a disease or illness. Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of CP, followed by athetoid cerebral palsy and then ataxic.
There is no standard treatment or therapy as the severity of symptoms varies according to the individual, but it is possible for many children with CP to enjoy a full life if their neurological problems can be properly managed.