Cerebral Palsy Myths
Children with CP are intellectually disabled.
It is important to remember that, while a neurological disorder, CP is fundamentally a problem with motor function. Still, as many as half of children with CP also have some level of cognitive impairment. This ranges from very mild to severe intellectual disability. Children with CP are also more likely than the general population to have learning disabilities — which are distinct from intellectual disabilities.
CP is the same for everyone.
CP is actually an umbrella term for a diverse group of neurological disorders that may involve very different symptoms. The four main types of CP are:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy (Pyramidal)
- Athetoid Cerebral Palsy (Extrapyramidal or Dyskinetic)
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy
And within each is a wide range of symptoms and severities. For example, one child with spastic CP might have trouble controlling a single arm, while another child with the same condition may have quadriplegia with all four limbs severely affected. Your child’s specific needs and challenges will be unique.
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