5 Daily challenges for people who have Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is a neurologic condition. The cause of Cerebral Palsy is either brain injury or brain malformation occurring during foetal development, at birth, or after birth while the brain is still developing. The actual brain damage does not progress, which differentiates Cerebral Palsy from other disabilities.
However, primary conditions can lead to secondary conditions. For example, 86 percent of those with Cerebral Palsy have an inability to control facial muscles. This can result in difficulty swallowing, breathing, or communicating; these are considered secondary conditions of Cerebral Palsy. This article discusses some of the secondary challenges that may come as a result of having Cerebral Palsy (CP) and tips on how to overcome these challenges.
Communication is something we rely on everyday and cerebral palsy can make it difficult for a child to communicate effectively. How much it affects them varies from child to child, as does the best way to handle it. Some individuals with CP are unable to communicate verbally, and may instead use signing, nonverbal cues such as facial expressions or gestures. With technology constantly changing, more and more options are opening up for people who need alternative communication means. Touch-pad devices, advanced hearing aid, and tablet-based communication devices can assist your child in communicating with you.