10 Things You Ought To Know About Cerebral Palsy

  1. Cerebral palsy is NOT a disease, it’s a disability. It’s not contagious and, 99% of the time, it doesn’t seem to be genetic.
  2. Although children with CP may have difficulty moving their arms and legs, there’s actually nothing wrong with their limbs at all! It is a neurological disorder, which means that a part of the brain is damaged and therefore not able to send the right signals to the body.
  3. The specific cause of cerebral palsy is still unknown.
  4. Cerebral palsy is more common than you think. In fact, CP is the most common motor disability of childhood! According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 500 children is found to have some level of cerebral palsy.
  5. Over half of children with CP can walk independently.
  6. At least half of people with cerebral palsy experience chronic pain. Ouch.
  7. People with cerebral palsy are 3 to 4 times more likely to be depressed.
  8. There is cerebral palsy and cerebral palsy. The severity of a child’s CP ranges tremendously. Some children are wheelchair-bound and cannot talk, while others can live perfectly normal lives with barely anyone noticing their disability!
  9. Just because a child has CP, it doesn’t mean that he or she will be intellectually deficient at all! In fact, most children with CP have average to above average intelligence.
  10. Children with cerebral palsy have personalities just like the rest of us! They still know how and when to laugh, cry, make friends and have a fun time.

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