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What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

Loss of motor neuron: The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta & brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems. ...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


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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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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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What causes cerebral palsy in child?

What  causes cerebral palsy in child?

Difficult to know: We understand that this relates to an injury to the nerves that control movement & posture within the region of the brain called the motor cortex. By definition the injury can happen any time from when the nerves form to the 3rd birthday (research definition).Whether this is from poor blood flow, silent stroke, low blood sugar, toxin or infection, no specific cause is apparent ...Read more

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How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

PVL: Unfortunately, pretty common. That child will end up being followed closely by a neurologist and likely need physical therapy among other therapies. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a child with mild cerebral palsy?

Clumsiness and stiff: Cerebral palsy is a neurologic disorder related to damage to the motor system of the brain. the most common symptoms are stiffness of muscles, tightness of joints and clumsiness. ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy in children?

What causes cerebral palsy in children?

Hard to say: CP is caused by any injury to motor cortex in the brain from the point they become active in pregnancy to the 3rd birthday (research definition).These include loss of oxygen, blood flow, glucose (fuel), infection, trauma, etc. Studies show over half those with symptoms evident by age 7 had a normal pregnancy labor and delivery. The extent of impairment is quite variable. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Is it possible to diagnose a child with both autism & aphasia? Child has Family history of autism, numerous autism symptoms, and prior brain injury.

Name that diagnosis: Your question is very complex as is your child. It is possible to have both diagnoses. However it would be very difficult to diagnose both separately. I am wondering if the head injury is also related. I think you need to see a pediatric development and behavior specialist to help decide what to do. The treatment for the language delays will be about the same for either cause. ...Read more

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How does having a disability and sensory impairments affect a child's development?

How does having a disability and sensory impairments affect a child's development?

It Depends: This is a difficult question.It depends upon what the difficulties are.Some may be serious and permanant impairments for the future. Some may be remediated with help and some may resolve with maturity.They are not all hopeless.For example a child with poor coordination may not be the best athlete but otherwise be perfectly normal in every other respect.If you wish, you can message me with detail. ...Read more

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What is global developmental delay disorder in a child?

Overall delay: Standardized tests like the differential abilities scales-ii that yield a general cognitive ability score and a special non-verbal composite test all developmental domains: cognition, receptive/ expressive communicatiion, social/adaptive and fine/ gross motor, plus how a child processes information presented verbally or visually. Gdd refers to significant overall delays in a child <6 years old. ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

Trouble with moving: Cerebral plasy specifically refers to a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain. So the hallmark is trouble with motor development. ...Read more

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What conditions cause delays in developmental milestones?

What conditions cause delays in developmental milestones?

Many causes of delay: There can be many causes for developmental delays. Examples of this would be prematurity, genetic conditions, exposure to drugs, alcohol, lead, or maternal infections. Lack of stimulation can also lead to delays, such as infants who are left in their cribs or infant seats for hours at a time with no interaction. ...Read more

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Could cerebral palsy affect growth and development?

Could cerebral palsy affect growth and development?

Yes: Because of the wide variation in this process the outcome varies.Cp can be so mile it is unrecognised in a persons lifetime and exists in very subtle findings on a neurological exam. Some is so pronounced, the patient may remain infantile in his/her communication, mobility and self help skills through life. Physical growth tends to vary with the intensity of the disorder. ...Read more

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I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

NO: CP is not a known cause of als. And ALS is not a result of cp. We do not know the cause of als. It has never been associated with cp. ...Read more

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Can motor function in adults with cerebral palsy be lost or can it be post-impairment syndrome from cp?

Not progressive: Motor function does not usually deteriorate in adults with cerebral palsy- from the cerebral palsy itself. However, decreased activity and sub optimally treated spasm can lead to pressure impairments. You should see a physiatrist. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

No: Birth order is not a specific risk factor for cerebral palsy. It is however more likely to occur in children born prematurely. ...Read more

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Does a baby with delayed motor development have autism?

Does a baby with delayed motor development have autism?

Usually not: Autism has several characteristics, motor impairment not being one of them.They are stricken with problems interacting with the world around them. ...Read more

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Help please! is cerebral palsy the outcome of all in utero stroke children?

No: In-utero stroke patients come in all shapes and sizes. Some strokes are large and occur late in the pregnancy and can produce significant problems in the child including cp. Other strokes may be small and occur early enough in the pregnancy that the brain can repair itself before the child is born, and the child will develop perfectly normally. Most cases and outcomes lie in between these examples. ...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


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Motor Development (Definition)

Motor development is the part of a person's development that includes learning to roll over, sit up, crawl, stand, walk; hold toys, pick up ...Read more