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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy—also known as CP—is a condition caused by injury to the parts of the brain that control our ability to use our muscles and bodies. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Often the injury happens before birth, sometimes during delivery, or, like Jen, soon after being born.

CP can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild CP may mean a child is clumsy. Moderate CP may mean the child walks with a limp. He or she may need a special leg brace or a cane. More severe CP can affect all parts of a child’s physical abilities. A child with moderate or severe CP may have to use a wheelchair and other special equipment.

Sometimes children with CP can also have learning problems, problems with hearing or seeing (called sensory problems), or intellectual disabilities. Usually, the greater the injury to the brain, the more severe the CP. However, CP doesn’t get worse over time, and most children with CP have a normal life span.

This information is from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY).

It’s very helpful to read more about cerebral palsy. Following are links to additional information:

NICHCY Cerebral Palsy Resources
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on cerebral palsy. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise.

Foundations for Independence/Cerebral Palsy of Utah 
The mission of UCP is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

The CDC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information in English and Spanish.

NINDS | National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Information in English and Spanish.

Cerebral Palsy Group
Cerebral Palsy Group provides educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guide
This guide offers extensive information on CP from a medical perspective.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.


Woodbine House
Visit this commercial publisher to connect with a book series on CP, including a guide for parents; a children’s book; and a guide to teaching motor skills to children with CP.

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