Many of the children in the class I am taking this term are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Though signs and symptoms might slightly vary from one child from another, but all of them experience movement and coordination problems. They may also have other neurological problems such as seizures, intellectual disability and urinary incontinence.
Cerebral palsyis a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth.
Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years. In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with exaggerated reflexes or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteadiness of walking, or some combination of these. The effect of cerebral palsy on functional abilities varies greatly.
People with cerebral palsy often have other conditions related to developmental brain abnormalities, such as intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing problems, or seizures. A broad spectrum of treatments may help minimize the effect of cerebral palsy and improve a person’s functional abilities.