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.
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy can assist with:
- Develop coordination
- Build strength
- Improve balance
- Optimize physical functioning levels
- Maximize independence
- Language and vocabulary development
- Grasping objects
- Using adaptive equipment or assistive technologies
- Job skills