Cerebral Palsy

By: Brianna Giordanella

What is cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that can hinder a persons brain and nervous system functions and manifests itself in movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking abilities.

Symptoms & Therapies

Some symptoms of Cerebral Palsy are delays in reaching, motor skills, favoring one side of the body, difficulty walking, excessive drooling, delays in learning abilities, difficulty in balance, and delays in speech development. Some therapies to help people diagnosed with CP are Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Equine assisted Therapy.
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Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy helps with balance, It helps with teach kids how to trust, communicate, build social skills and learn boundaries. It helps with muscle strength too.

How I can Relate to Cerebral Palsy

My twin sister Cassidy was diagnosed with CP when we were just little girls. Fortunately, Cassidy is only affected on her right side, more specifically her right leg, arm, and brain (right hemiparesis). Because of this, she is taught on a lower level in school and is visited almost daily by in-home therapists who help her with her developmental skills. She involves herself with cheerleading, horseback riding, tennis, dance, and swimming. All of these activities help her with her balance and flexibility. Cassidy has improved so much with her balance, grade level, and fine motor skills. Cassidy is a hard working abled-person and doesn't let her disability stop her from everyday life.