Cerebral Palsy is caused by damage of the brain or a problem that occurs during pregnancy or birth or within the first two to three years of a child's life. It can also be caused by premature birth or not getting enough blood, oxygen or nutrients during birth.
Problems sucking and swallowing
Variations in muscle tone
Slow writing movements
Delays in reaching motor skills milestones (sitting up alone or crawling)
Only using one side of the body
Difficulty with speech
Difficulty with precise motions (picking up a crayon or spoon)
- Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood.
- It can range from weakness in one hand to a complete lack of voluntary movement requiring 24 hour care.
- There is no known cure.