Cerebral palsy, or CP, is among the most commonly occurring forms of birth injury. Typically, a child with cerebral palsy receives a diagnosis before reaching their teenage years. As a parent, it can be distressing to learn that your child has this disorder. You likely have a bunch of questions running through your mind. One of the most common ones is this: does cerebral palsy affect the brain? That’s what we’d like to address today.
CP Is a Disorder of the Brain
To cut right to the chase—yes, cerebral palsy affects the brain. But not necessarily in the way you might think.
CP is fundamentally a disorder of the brain. You can see this in the name of the disorder. ‘Cerebral’ is just a fancy word meaning ‘of the brain.’ ‘Palsy’ is an older way of saying ‘paralysis.’ So, if your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you should know that your child has some degree of paralysis originating in the brain.
A Motor Disability
Every child with CP has a motor disability. This means that their ability to move a certain part of the body is limited. The part of the brain that is affected by the disability determines what part of their body has compromised motor function. For instance, CP could impact the part of the brain that controls arm movement, or leg movement, or both. It may even target the portion of the brain that controls speech.
Cerebral palsy can vary dramatically in terms of severity as well. Here are three of the most common forms:
- Individuals with spastic cerebral palsy may show sudden, jerky muscle movements and have difficulty relaxing their muscles.
- This form of cerebral palsy causes uncontrolled movement.
- Unlike other forms of the disorder, ataxic CP mostly causes difficulties with coordination or balance.
It Does NOT Affect Intelligence
Yes, cerebral palsy affects the brain. But this does not mean that it affects intelligence. It strictly impacts motor movement. Your child will in all likelihood have no problem keeping up with their peers academically.
Still, as a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, you should know that it does have a strong association with intellectual disabilities—especially in more severe cases. This does not mean that CP can cause intellectual disabilities. Rather, it means that what caused your child’s cerebral palsy also impacted a portion of their brain that controls cognition.
If your child has cerebral palsy, there is a chance that it was caused by the negligence of a medical professional. If you have even the slightest suspicion that this might have been the case, a lawsuit can help to cover the cost of the care your child needs. Get in touch with the Snyder Law Group for a free case evaluation.
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