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What is Cerebral Palsy and How Does it Affect Children?
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. ...

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