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Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Yes: All neurological problems are tips of the same iceberg, most types of brain problems have multiple manifestations, some are just more obvious than others. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Mental Retardation (Definition)

Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living . For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate,(between 35 and 50) , severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, ...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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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy & mental illness common?

Behavior cer palsy: Behavioral problems are common in children with cerebral palsy. Child psychiatric disorders were found in 57% of the children, including 28 children meeting criteria for an attention deficit disorder, which was the most common (bjorgaas et al 2012) communication problem was significantly associated with having a psychiatric disorder. Early evaluation for children with CP may prevent severe behavio. ...Read more

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How typical is it for people with severe cerebral palsy and no mental impairments to be incontinent?

Very Common: Severe Cerebral Palsy leads to problems with both urination and stooling; these are more pronounced in those who are wheelchair bound. Urinary incontinence may be a sign of urinary tract infection. Incontinence of stool can often be a sign of severe constipation where liquid/diarrhea stools are passed around a hard stool ball in the last part of the intestine. Visit your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Can mild cerebral palsy have mental or physical limitations?

Hard to say: Cerebral palsy by convention implies an injury to specific areas of the brain controlling motor movements.If other brain areas are affected by the same event, other issues can be linked.This includes more likelihood of seizures, learning, etc. The milder the CP the less likely other areas that control speech, personality, learning, etc. But it is still possible. ...Read more

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Does mild cerebral palsy have mental or just physical limitations?

Could be both: Cerebral palsy is a spectrum of many symptoms. Some children have severe physical limitations but little cognitive problems. Others have little physical limitations, but severe cognitive problems. There are people all over the MAP with different combinations. While it is true that the more physical limitations you have, the more your chance of having cognitive problems, this is not always true. ...Read more

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How common is cerebral palsy?

Too common: Cerebral palsy is a broad term for any static encephalopathy that affects motor function. Many cases are found in infants due to disorders or defects of the brain. Some are due to stroke in utero. Some from birth injury. Most are of uncertain cause. Some are acquired due to trauma or infection of the brain. Some edtimate that 5% to 8% of all births will result in some form of cp. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for cerebral palsy?

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. ...Read more

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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. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

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 ...Read more