Below are some resources on Cerebral Palsy that you might find useful! If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your primary care physician for more information.
“Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a general term used to describe a group of disorders that affect the normal development of movement and posture. CP is caused by an injury to the brain—such as infection, stroke, trauma, or the loss of oxygen to the brain—that occur before, during, or after birth or within the first 2 years of life. The injury to the brain is 'non progressive,' meaning that it does not get worse after the initial injury. However, the day-to-day activities that can be affected by the injury during an individual's childhood can worsen throughout the individual's life.
Difficulties from CP can range from mild to severe. Individuals with CP may have trouble seeing, hearing, feeling touch, thinking, or communicating. They may also experience seizures.
CP affects approximately 3.6 infants per each 1,000 born in the United States. The number of children diagnosed with CP has grown in recent years as a result of the increased survival rates of premature babies and those born with low birth weights. The average life expectancy of adults with CP has increased as well. People with CP can benefit from physical therapy throughout all the stages of their lives.”
-Move Forward PT (APTA)
Listen to Dr. Lisa Thornton give a brief description of Cerebral Palsy.
Below are some great resources available to individuals with Cerebral Palsy and their caregivers.
A 27-page guide from United Cerebral Palsy, 2013 edition (click here)
If your child has been recently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy or is not currently receiving any Speech, Feeding, Occupational, or Physical Therapy Services, the Therapists at Jones Therapy Services would love to come alongside of you as we strive to allow your child to reach their optimal potential.