Cerebral Palsy Myths
CP is rare.
Cerebral Palsy is the number one childhood motor disability and one of the most common causes of chronic disability in children in general. Cerebral palsy affects as many as 1 in 323 children. If you think you’ve never known someone with CP, you may be wrong; remember that mild cases may go unnoticed in adults.
There are no resources for children with CP and their families.
As previously stated in debunking myth #8, there is a large network of support systems for parents and caregivers to turn to.
Examples of resources available to you, your child, and the rest of your family include (but are not limited to):
- Financial assistance for medical expenses.
- Legal counseling for cases of suspected medical malpractice.
- College scholarships.
- Advice and parenting tips.
- Accessibility strategies.
While growing up with CP is often challenging, it’s important for children to know the realities of their disorder; those realities don’t necessarily involve limits on whom they can be and what they can accomplish. Likewise, parents of children with CP may indeed face some hardships, but those are not certain and can often be overcome.
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