Chapter 1: What is Cerebral Palsy and How Does it Affect Children? Next Chapter
Chapter 1: What is Cerebral Palsy and How Does it Affect Children?
Cerebral means ‘concerning the brain’ and palsy means paralysis or the inability to move. CP, then, is a kind of paralysis that results from damage to the brain. The modern definition of CP is this: A persistent, but not unchanging disorder of movement and posture due to a non-progressive disorder of the immature brain (that is, under about 2 years of age).
In other words, the damage that has been done to the child's brain cannot be cured, nor will it worsen. It is ‘persistent’ and non-progressive. The disorder of movement and posture can, however, change. A child with CP, like all children, will grow and develop. ...