A Parent's Perspective of Cerebral Palsy
For those of you who are unaware, March is always a very exciting month for me. It is Cerebral Palsy awareness month, the anniversary of 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student' and it is my birthday. March will mean that there is an even bigger push about awareness about Cerebral Palsy which in my opinion is great, although I appreciate my opinion is slightly bias! The core of raising awareness is often teaching people about the basic principles of Cerebral Palsy in the hope that they gain a little more understanding.
- Cerebral Palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood
- Half of children with Cerebral Palsy were born prematurely
Cerebral palsy doesn’t mean never walking. Many can, many will. There are four types of CP: spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, and mixed. People with Cerebral Palsy use three to five times more energy than others Every case of Cerebral Palsy is as unique as the person who has it Three in four kids experience recurring pain as a result of Cerebral Palsy Four in five kids with CP can talk (some too much) Only one in ten kids with CP have severe visual issues CP affects different parts of the body: monoplegia, diplegia, hemiplegia, triaplegia and quadriplegia
Thank you to Amanda for writing the third guest blog post for 'Life as a Cerebral Palsy student', I hope you all enjoy reading it! Not only does Amanda have a son with CP, but she is also an author who is raising awareness through her new book, TJ and his Wheelable Chair’.
~ Chloe x