What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral palsy is normally used as a blanket term to describe an impairment or loss of motor function. Ultimately, it is brain damage that causes cerebral palsy.
Brain damage can be caused by either a brain injury or an abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing, from before birth till immediately after.
Cerebral palsy affects many things, such as body movement, muscle coordination, muscle tone, muscle control, posture, reflex and balance. It can also impair fine motor skills, oral motor function and gross motor skills.
Children with cerebral palsy are most likely born with this condition, however some children can acquire this condition at birth or immediately after. If your child has cerebral palsy, it may not be apparent at birth. Unfortunately, children with cerebral palsy are likely to experience a delay in development.