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“ Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in America, affecting at least two of every thousand children, most at birth. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that there are nearly 800,000 individuals in the United States with one or more symptoms of cerebral palsy. “Cerebral” refers to the brain. The word “palsy” refers to problems with muscle control.”
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“ There are four types of Cerebral Palsy: Spastic, Athetoid, Ataxic, and mixed.
In the Spastic type there is a severe paralysis of voluntary moments, with specific contractions of the extremities either on one side of the body (hemiplegia).”
“ In Athetoid type of cerebral palsy, paralysis of voluntary moments may not occur, n the athetoid type of cerebral palsy, paralysis of voluntary movements may not occur, and spastic contractions may be slight or absent. Instead, there are slow, involuntary spasms of the face, neck, and extremities, either on one side (hemiathetosis) or, more frequently, on both sides (double athetosis), with resulting involuntary movements in the whole body or its parts, facial grimacing, and inarticulate speech (dysarthria)—all of which increase under stress or excitement. Damage to the brain particularly affects the basal ganglia underlying the cerebral cortex.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is a rare form of the condition that is characterized by poor coordination, muscle weakness , an unsteady gait, and difficulty performing rapid or fine movements. If symptoms of two or more types are present, most often spastic and athetoid, an individual is diagnosed with mixed cerebral palsy.
How to help improve someone’s life with Cerebral Palsy
You can help improve someone’s life with cerebral palsy by treating them with respect and like if they were normal people. Another way would be to help them if their stuck on something, and by showing them you care.