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Cerebral palsy

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  • 1. Cerebral Palsy Ellorine Carle Mr. Holley Human Interaction 3 °
  • 2. What is Cerebral Palsy?
    • Scientific Defintion:
    • “ A form of paralysis believed to be caused by a
    • prenatal brain defect or by brain injury during
    • birth, most marked in certain motor areas and
    • characterized by difficulty in control of
    • the voluntary muscles.”
    • Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cerebral+palsy.com
  • 3. UMM…what does that exactly mean?
    • Name refers to all conditions that affect and damage the brain before birth
      • -does not include developmental diseases
    • Can be caused by brain damage during birth
    • Child cannot control his/her body movements
    • Is NOT a disease, so it can’t spread to others
    • No cure
    Sources: Salem Health and Britannica Online
  • 4. Diagnosis
    • Affects child before 1 month of age, but is unnoticeable
    • Usually detected after 18 to 24 months of age
    • Problems with bodily functions may not be apparent until usage is required
    • Neurologial Exam and cognitive test (in elderly) is necessary for diagnosis
    • Source: Salem Health
  • 5. Symptoms-Physical Appearance
    • Abnormal walk or movement of hands, arms, feet or legs
    • Uncoordinated
    • Learning disabilities possible
    • Speech, hearing, or vision problems
    • Seizures
    • Problems swallowing food
    • Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734/
  • 6. Symptoms-Continued..
    • Symptoms are usually noticed before 2 years of age
    • Can only involve one side of the body
    • Child has difficulty performing tasks
      • -sitting
      • -rolling
      • -crawling
      • -walking
      • Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734/
  • 7. Life Long Effects/Impacts
    • Life expectancy can be the same as a “normal” person, as long as given correct care
    • No cure, but treatment to improve daily life
    • Glasses, Hearing Aids, Muscle/Bone Braces, Walking Aids, and Wheelchairs can help with learning and mobility
    • Many adults are able to live with Cerebral Palsy
    • independently or in a group home; serious
    • cases can result in placement in an institution.
    • Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734 /
  • 8. Treatment/Therapy
    • Physical and orthopedic therapy can help with daily activites
    • Medications and surgery may also be needed or helpful
    • Neural Stem Cell Therapy is being developed to “reverse” condition; it is not in use yet
    • Other therapies/treatments which can improve some symptoms
    • Source: cerebralpalsy.org
  • 9. In Conclusion… Although Cerebral Palsy is uncurable, people can still live semi to fully independent depending on effectiveness of therapy and treatment.
  • 10. Bibliography
    • cerebralpalsy.org
    • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734
    • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001734/
    • Salem Health
    • Britannica Online
    • http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cerebral+palsy.com