Cerebral Palsy can take a significant physical, mental, and emotional toll on people with the condition and their families. An extensive support network of family, friends, peers, and medical providers can help ameliorate the effects, which is why knowledge of the disorder, its impact, and available treatments and therapies is a powerful tool for coping and thriving after a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis.
Understanding Cerebral Palsy makes it possible for those affected to come together and support one another. Sharing knowledge can help all of us overcome obstacles, live full lives, and possibly find ways to treat, alleviate, prevent, and hopefully stop Cerebral Palsy.
What Does Cerebral Palsy Do?
Patients with Cerebral Palsy can exhibit a wide range of symptoms, and no two cases are exactly alike. The brain damage or disruption that causes the disorder usually occurs before, during, or shortly after birth.
Patients with CP commonly experience impairments affecting:
- Muscle tone
- Motor skills
- Intellectual development
- Speaking ability
The impact of Cerebral Palsy on a child's life will depend on the severity of the initial trauma to the brain.
How Does Cerebral Palsy Affect Children?
Because a diagnosis is usually made at a very young age, Cerebral Palsy can have an impact on the majority of a patient's life. Developmental delays and disabilities are common, and could include issues with milestones like:
- Sitting up
- Crawling, scooting, and walking
- First words
- Reaching for and grasping objects independently – some children might excessively favor one side of the body over the other
Though the effect of Cerebral Palsy on a child is often tremendous, the condition doesn't get worse with age. Many patients who struggled in their early years with a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis have gone on to do amazing things in spite of the obstacles.
What Can Be Done About Cerebral Palsy?
There is no known cure for Cerebral Palsy at this time. However, medicine in this field has made remarkable advances, including treatment options such as:
- Medications for mitigating symptoms and relieving pain
- Physical and behavioral therapy
- Assistive technology
- Surgical procedures
- Complementary medicines
MyChild Cerebral Palsy Foundation has a mission to make meaningful expansions to this arena of medicine by awarding grant money to researchers who are also exploring ways to reduce the prevalence and prevent the onset of Cerebral Palsy. Please contact us online to learn about the work our Foundation does.