Disability/Cerebral Palsy

What is Disability:  the condition of being disabled; limitation in the ability to pursue an occupation because of a physical or mental impairment; also :  a program providing financial support to one affected by disability <went on disability after the injury>, lack of legal qualification to do something, a disqualification, restriction, or disadvantage

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What is Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral Palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Though Cerebral Palsy can be defined, having Cerebral Palsy does not define the person that has the condition.

Definition of Cerebral Palsy

While Cerebral Palsy (pronounced seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) is a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.

Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is the result of a brain injury or a brain malformation. Individuals with Cerebral Palsy were most likely born with the condition, although some acquire it later. (Reference: http://www.cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/definition)

Mild – Mild Cerebral Palsy means a child can move without assistance; his or her daily activities are not limited. (I have Mild Cerebral Palsy)

Moderate – Moderate Cerebral Palsy means a child will need braces, medications, and adaptive technology to accomplish daily activities.

Severe – Severe Cerebral Palsy means a child will require a wheelchair and will have significant challenges in accomplishing daily activities.

No CP – No CP means the child has Cerebral Palsy signs, but the impairment was acquired after completion of brain development and is therefore classified under the incident that caused the Cerebral Palsy, such as traumatic brain injury or encephalopathy.

To Learn More About Cerebral Palsy, go check out: Learn About Cerebral Palsy

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