Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability that affects the movement and posture of a person! Cerebral Palsy can affect the bodies’ movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture, and balance!
Cerebral = Brain
Palsy = Lack of muscle control
People with Cerebral Palsy may also have other conditions or disabilities. These include vision impairment, hearing impairment, speech, learning and intellectual impairments, as well as epilepsy!
Causes Of Cerebral Palsy!
Cerebral Palsy is caused due to damage caused to a developing brain. This can either happen during pregnancy or shortly after a baby is born. The cause during pregnancy is unknown. The cause of Cerebral Palsy shortly after birth can be due to lack of oxygen or even a stroke!
Cerebral Palsy is a life long permanent condition! Areas affected by Cerebral Palsy can improve or get worse, but currently, can not be cured!
Facts About Cerebral Palsy!
How And When Is Cerebral Palsy Diagnosed?
Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy is not always an easy process, most of the time there are many tests and these are most likely repeated! Cerebral Palsy is a very complex disability and it is usually suspected if a baby is showing signs of slow motor development, tight or floppy muscle tone or what is described as unusual postures! Scans such as MRI or CT are usually ordered by your Doctor to investigate these further!
Treatment And Cure For Cerebral Palsy!
Currently, there is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy! It is a life long condition!
Interventions can help significantly reduce the effects that Cerebral Palsy can have on a person’s body and significantly improve the person’s quality of life!
These Interventions are usually provided by a care team. This means that all services work together and communicate with each other to provide the best quality care to the person with Cerebral Palsy!
These interventions can include and are not limited to:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Surgical Procedures
- Special Education
- Massage Therapy
- Sleep Therapy
- Dietary Services
- Ears, Nose and Throat Specialists
- Incontinence Nurse
- Local Doctors
How Can You Help?
Each year, Cerebral Palsy Organizations hold a global worldwide event called STEPTEMBER!
Ask your friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you!
Every dollar raised goes towards helping children and adults with Cerebral Palsy!
Not only steps count! There are lots of activities that also count towards achieving the 10,000 steps! These include swimming, cycling, dancing, wheeling, surfing etc!
Register Today To Support This Great Cause!
United States: steptember.us
United Kingdom: steptember.org.uk
New Zealand: steptember.org.nz
Knowing that you are changing your own lifestyle for the better by getting active, with the best incentive yet! Making a huge difference to people living with Cerebral Palsy!
Every dollar counts! Every dollar raised goes directly to providing children and adults living with Cerebral Palsy access to the vital equipment, therapy, and services they need to improve their quality of life! You can also choose to raise funds towards research to one day find a cure and ways to prevent Cerebral Palsy!
My son has Cerebral Palsy!
Every year we do Steptember! We help to raise vital funds that Cerebral Palsy need to continue providing the equipment and services to people living with Cerebral Palsy! They do an absolutely AMAZING job!
Please join in or donate to this great cause! Without funds, the costs of therapies and equipment can be so hard for families to cover! Every dollar counts and goes towards the best cause!