What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is caused by a brain injury that occurs before, during or shortly after birth. There are different types of Cerebral Palsy; Spastic, Ataxic and Athetoid. Spastic CP is characterized by stiff and jerky movements and is the most common type of CP. In Ataxic CP, there is difficulty coordinating movements such as walking due to poor balance and uncontrollable shaking. With Athetoid CP, there is a combination of both spastic and ataxic CP. It is characterized by difficulties maintaining a steady position and there is involuntary movement of the face, arms and upper body.
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