Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects an individual's body movements and muscle coordination. Cerebral palsy (often called "CP") is caused by brain damage that occurs before, during, or immediately after birth.
Information from CerebralPalsy.org:
- Every case is different for every individual
- Cerebral Palsy can cause muscles to contract too much, too little, or all at the same time.
- It can be difficult to walk, sit, or grasp objects (both gross and fine motor difficulties)
- Cerebral Palsy does not worsen over time
- Individuals with Cerebral Palsy may have an intellectual delay or they may have no intellectual delay
- Due to difficulty controlling muscle movements and coordination, this can cause difficulties with speech and feeding.
How can a Speech Language Pathologist help my child?
SLPs provide services and assistance to target your child's individual needs including deficits in speech, language, oral motor/feeding, and swallowing. If necessary, we will consider pursuing Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices/Systems should your child be unable to clearly communicate his/her needs or wants.
Please feel free to contact us if you should have any additional questions.