Cerebral palsy is a physical condition that affects movement, posture and co-ordination. It is usually diagnosed at birth or in early childhood. Each individual with the condition will be affected differently, and it can vary from mild to severe.
For some people, cerebral palsy will only affect them physically. However, others may also be affected by seizures, epilepsy or difficulties with speech and language. Some will also have a learning disability.
Getting in touch with national and local organisations, support groups and other families can help you to deal with a diagnosis, and can be a valuable source of support and advice.
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, therapy can help to improve posture and muscle control. An early diagnosis can also help to ensure someone with a learning disability or problems with speech and language receives the professional support they need early in their development.
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