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What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral Palsy (“CP”) is a group of non-progressive neurodegenerative disorders.  It is caused by brain abnormalities or injuries usually during birth or shortly after, although symptoms may not be detected until months or years later.  The symptoms and prognosis of CP depend on the specific parts of the brain damaged.

There are several different types or forms of cerebral palsy:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – stiff muscles with jerky movements
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy – uncontrolled movement, writhing
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – poor balance and coordination
  • Mixed – a mix of the different forms of CP

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