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What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while a child's brain is under development. It does not get worse over time, though exact symptoms can change over a person's lifetime. Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning. Every case of cerebral palsy is unique to the individual. The impairment caused by cerebral palsy is manageable. Treatment, therapy, surgery, medications and assistive technology can help maximize independence, reduce barriers, increase inclusion and lead to an enhanced quality of life.



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