March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disorder in the US, affecting 1 in 323 children. Let's take some time to learn about CP:


CP is caused by brain damage or abnormal brain development that happens before birth or early in life. Cerebral palsy affects a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. 

There are different types of CP, classified based on what part of the brain is affected. The most common form is Spastic CP which presents with stiff muscles or spasticity. Spastic CP can primarily affects the arms, legs, or both. 

Treatment options for CP vary depending on your child's abilities. Children with mild CP may be treated with physical and occupational therapy, bracing (orthoses), medicine to reduce muscle tightness, or surgery to reduce muscle tightness. Children with more advanced CP may require adaptive equipment for mobility such as a walker or wheelchair, alternative communication devices, and bracing (orthoses). 

Every child who has cerebral palsy has a unique combination of strengths and challenges. First and foremost, they are kids!


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