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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Overview)

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle tone in the legs.


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How soon after my child is born will I know if she has cerebral palsy?

How soon after my child is born will I know if she has cerebral palsy?

It depends : There are certain milestones that we look for, among them head control, independent sitting, the achievement of mature reflexes and the loss of immature reflexes. Your pediatrician will monitor for these and make referrals as necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
538 doctors shared insights

Cerebral Palsy (Overview)

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle tone in the legs.


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What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

No relation found: Patterning was a popular therapy method about 40 years ago. The insitute of human potential used this method to "cure" cp. It was never found of definite value when examined critically. Appropriate therapy methods are very important, but intense patterning is not worth the enormous time and cost. ...Read more

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Living with Cerebral Palsy (Tip)

Living with Cerebral Palsy

Some CP patients with severe physical limitations lead a very satisfactory sexual and intimate life. ...See more

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Living with Cerebral Palsy (Checklist)

Learn about CP. The more you know, the more you can help your child
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Treat your son or daughter as you would a child without disabilities
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Learn from professionals how to meet your child’s special needs
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Don't be ashamed to ask for help from family and friends
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What are the signs, symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Motor delay: Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement because of an injury to the areas of the brain controling movement. They typically have delay attaining their motor milestones like sitting, crawling and walking. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms cerebral palsy?

What are signs and symptoms cerebral palsy?

Delayed motor skills: CP kids often have a delay in showing motor skills, abnormally stiff of loose muscle tone, handedness before their 1st birthday ; abnormal movements. A history of a related risk factor is also likely. As the patient ages, the long term effect of the disorder varies. Although the process is stable, more trouble with mobility may be evident as lifestyle demands more movement. ...Read more

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Living with Cerebral Palsy (Tip)

Living with Cerebral Palsy

Treatment can improve an affected person's capabilities, increase motor function and independence. ...See more

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What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

Early handedness: An early preferance for the use of one hand (handedness before 18 months of age), fisting of the hands and scissoring of the legs are often early subtle signs of cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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Is there a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Is there a  new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Just new terminology: The conditions you describe have been known for many decades. Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp. ...Read more

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Living with Cerebral Palsy (Tip)

Living with Cerebral Palsy

To parents of a child with CP "teach your child to have an open mind and feel no shame.". ...See more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more