Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the result of a brain injury or a brain malformation. Individuals with CP were most likely born with the condition, although some acquire it later.
While CP originates in the brain, it is the muscles of the body that are affected leading to impaired muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning. Any individual with Cerebral Palsy will likely show signs of physical impairment. However, the type of movement dysfunction, the location and number of limbs involved, as well as the extent of the impairment, varies from one individual to another. Symptoms may include muscle spasticity, decreased muscle tone, and abnormal gait. People with CP often use devices to help them move.
Cerebral Palsy Program Overview
Cerebral Palsy is damage to the brain that is currently incurable. Treatment and therapy help to alleviate effects on the body.