Cerebral Palsy

Halie Uhlig

Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that can either occurs before or during a child's birth, or from when they are born to age five. Cerebral palsy affects movement, motor skills, and muscle tone.
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  • Unusual crawling
  • Abnormal muscle tone
  • Difficulty feeding & sucking
  • Seizures
  • Involuntary slow writing movements
  • Lies down in awkward positions
  • Problems with eyesight
  • Range of movement is limited


The mother should do the following while pregnant:

  • Be up-to-date on all vaccinations
  • Go to all antenatal appointments
  • Do not smoke or drink while pregnant
  • Eat and exercise regularly

In the medical feild

  • Scientists have not come up with a surgery yet.
  • Physical and speech therapy

Types of Cerebral palsy

1. Ataxic cerebral palsy-

Causes a bad sense of..


Ataxic: will make the child walks bent forward with their feet spread far apart; some people say they walk like a sailor on a rough sea.

depth perception

Ataxic: The child will have a hard time with depth perception; such as, if you hold your finger up and tell them to touch it, they will most likely miss your finger the first time they try.

2. Spastic cerebral palsy

  • 70-80%

Stiffness & movement

  • Tension in the muscles=difficulty moving

Affects everyone differently

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3. Athetoid cerebral palsy

  • Damage to the basal ganglia- mid-brain
  • 20-25%


Athetoid: Causes uncontrolled movements, which are controlled when they are completely relaxed and sometimes only when they are sleeping.

-Usually affects hands, feet, arms, or legs, and sometimes the face and tongue.

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