Cerebral palsy was discovered by an English surgeon in the 1860’s named William Little. William Little notice the stiffness in childrens arms and legs called spastic diplegia. The previous name of cerebral palsy was ‘The Little’s disease’. Cerebral palsy is also known as CP. Williams theory of cerebral palsy was difficulties during birth. Williams theory was the most common affect of cerebral palsy, but physicians today discovered many more affects towards CP.
It’s a group of disorders that affects movements. It results from brain damage that occurs during, or after birth. There are different types of cerebral palsy: ▪ Diplegia affects arms and legs. ▪ Hemiplegia affects limbs on one side of the body. ▪ Quadriplegia affects all limbs. ▪ Monoplegia affects only one limb. ▪ Triplegia affects all three limbs.
Cerebral palsy is incurable, but it can be maintain by physical therapy. In physical therapy they exercise and learn how to balance themselves out. They also learn how to make body movements on their own.
Early signs of cerebral palsy will be noticeable around the age of 3. A main sign of cerebral palsy in babies would be development delay and abnormal muscle tone. ▪ Development delay is when children or adults are not able to stand, walk, run, sit, or grab objects. ▪ Abnormal muscle tone is tension in the muscle or stiffness in the body. Babies born prematurely are most likely to have cerebral palsy.
Most people with cerebral palsy, are unable to talk. They use devices that helps them communicate, or a chart with letters. Some with cerebral palsy that are deaf, use sign language.
Many people assume that people with disabilities are incapable of learning, as a matter of fact they can learn; it just takes time. It depends on what type of cerebral palsy you have, to be consider an intellectual disability. An Intellectual disability is a disability with slow limitations, both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior.
The basics of learning for people with CP are learning how to: Eat, communicate, exercise and learn to maintain there muscles. By accomplishing this they can be themselves and express who they are.
UPPER BODY LOWER BODY Eating foods Walking Grasping objects Running Communicating Using the toilet properly Digesting food Blind Severe muscle spasms in Deaf legs. Brain damage
“My biggest hopes and dreams were to be normal and be accepted in society without being look at strangely.” -Craig Clifton
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