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Cerebral palsy

Learn more about cerebral palsy and learning disability, and how to find the right support

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a physical condition that affects movement, posture and co-ordination. It is usually diagnosed at birth or in early childhood.

Cerebral palsy and learning disability

Cerebral palsy is not a learning disability, but some people with cerebral palsy might have a learning disability.

What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth, such as a lack of oxygen or illness.

How does cerebral palsy affect someone?

Each individual with cerebral palsy will be affected differently, and it can vary from mild to severe.

For some people, cerebral palsy will affect them physically, making muscle movements more difficult. Others may also be affected by seizures, epilepsy or difficulties with speech and language.

Getting support

Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, physiotherapy 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.

For support, and to find out more, contact our help and advice line, or visit the Scope website.

Get in touch, we're here for you

The Learning Disability Helpline is our free help and advice line.

Our team can offer advice, information and discuss what support Mencap can offer tailored to your needs, in your area.

Call or email us

Get in touch, we're here for you

The Learning Disability Helpline is our free help and advice line.

Our team can offer advice, information and discuss what support Mencap can offer tailored to your needs, in your area.

Call or email us

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