Cerebral Palsy is most often caused by a birth injury when the brain does not receive adequate oxygen for an amount of time either before, during, or shortly after the birthing process. The damage caused to the brain results in the loss or impairment of control over voluntary muscles. Many times, it is the result of medical negligence. Since cerebral palsy is not a disease or a genetic disorder, there is no “cure,” but there are ways to manage the effects of the disability through early intervention with physical and cognitive therapy.
Signs of cerebral palsy usually show before age three. Parents usually notice their child is developing slower than other children the same age. Other signs include slow motor skills, unusual posture, and abnormal muscle tone. Medical tests such as MRIs, motor skill tests, and a careful review of the child’s medical history can help diagnose the disability.
There are four main types of cerebral palsy - spastic, athetoid, ataxic, and mixed. People with cerebral palsy can have other disabilities as well. Examples of these conditions include seizure disorders, vision impairment, hearing loss, and mental retardation.
There is hope; there are those who listen and understand; and there are choices for those affected by disabilities. FVDD can help by offering the research, resources and support so that families and individuals can make informed choices. We advocate for dignity and choice for persons with developmental disabilities. You are not alone. Contact Us for information or guidance.
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