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What do you suggest if my son has cerebral palsy, school does not have room for him or lvn for his meds?
Consult his doctor: It is time for your son's doctor to advocate for access to education. Some children may benefit from mainstreaming, but you may also consider other options that may be available within your school district. Going directly to your district administrator to discuss options is also a good idea.See 1 more doctor answer
...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
Gait analysis: CP is just the name for static motor dysfunction--- depending on the degree and type of cerebral palsy treatment include physical therapy, botox, serial casting, tendon lengthening, rhizotomy, baclofen, and a lot of other good ideasneed to see a doctor specializing and interested.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the type: Cerebral palsy is a disorder due to a static brain insult. It has many causes, an many manifestations. There are forms which can cause tight dysfunctional muscles, movement disorders or a mix of both. Additionally 1, 2, 3 or all 4 limbs can be involved. A physical therapist is best suited to recommend exercises ideally suited to maximize function.See 1 more doctor answer
Generally doesn't: By definition, CP is a condition where brain injury to the motor cortex effects movement & posture. It does so by interfering with nerve messages that would go to skeletal muscles. It has no direct effect on the bodies organs. If the injury that created the CP was extensive enough, it could trigger seizures. visual defects or similar secondary problems. However, this is from the extra injury.
Have driving assessm: If your cp does not interfere with your being able to handle the car mechanicals, you should be able to drive. Cars can be fitted with eqipment to facilitate your driving. I suggest an evaluation at a rehabilitation facility that does driving evaluations and could recommend equipment if necessary such as hand controls to replace accelerator ond break peddle if needed.See 1 more doctor answer
Not simple to answer: Cerebral palsy is not a disease but is a description of motor behavior that is outside the normal. Most CP is due to brain damage or brain malformations during fetal development or during the labor and delivery process. However, some cases result from trauma or infection or strokes that can occur after birth. It is a static condition that can improve and can be mild, moderate or severe.See 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: CP is a stable defect in movement and posture related to an injury to the nervous system that occurred in the first 3 years of life. There is no "medicine" to treat CP, but a patient with the disorder may have a variety of related problems (seizures, excess salivation,etc) that might benefit from medication.See 2 more doctor answers
Brain injury: By definition, CP is a disorder of motion or posture resulting from injury to the nerve centers responsible for this function at some point before the 3rd birthday. It can be due to an insult during pregnancy labor, delivery or infancy. Infection, lack of oxygen or blood flow are common factors.
Some > than others: CP is a broad term applied to a disorder of movement & posture related to brain injury occurring at any time from pregnancy to the 3rd birthday.If the muscle control centers of the brain have been damaged, those cells are lost.. Babies have some ability to re-wire some functions, so PT can help. Most improve some with age, some have major difficulties in lifeSee 3 more doctor answers
Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way) and muscle tone. It due to brain damage that occurs in utero, at time of birth or within first 3-5 years of age. This brain damage can also affect vision, hearing, speech and learning disabilities.
An archaic Rx: In the 70's & 80"s a pt & ot in philli promoted a patterning method for cp. The method involved rebreathing co2 & moving body thru motions of fish/salimander/man to awaken the nerves. Psychological researchers showed the method was no better that simple visitation & encouragemt. For the pt&ot they were getting $30k in initial fees + followup.Well meaning but worthless rx follow many chronic pbs.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most CP originates from an unexplained injury to the brain's motor centers at some time during pregnancy. This could have been a period of low oxygen or a mini stroke, none of which can be passed to your offspring.There are a fer genetic condition that predispose someone to excess clotting or have other CP related features. A review with your doc or a geneticist could be more specific to your case.
Be a friend: The best way to help someone with any disability is to treat them as human beings. No one is asking for pity. They are asking to be your friend and supporter. They may need some physical accommodations like help in transportation and it may take more time to communicate with them. Treat them as you would any of your other friends who ask for you help.
Unknown: In a perfect world we would understand all the contributing factors & know how to stop them. But we don't. Studies of more than 50,000 pregnancies were reported in the late 70's.More than half the kids with some form of CP had a normal pregnancy, labor & delivery. In reality, the best you can do is pursue a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy with good prenatal care.See 1 more doctor answer
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.