About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition that affects a child’s muscle control, movement and coordination. It is usually caused by damage to the brain before, during or soon after birth. The condition is persistent through the lifespan.

It is not a progressive condition, therefore it will not get worse as your child gets older. However, there can be problems in later life due to the strain placed upon the individual’s body. Possible causes for CP can be infection in the early stages of pregnancy, lack of oxygen to the brain and a difficult or premature birth.


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Long Term Effects of Cerebral Palsy

There are several different types of cerebral palsy and the difficulties experienced vary greatly from child to child. Below is a list of main difficulties which may be present:


  • sensory impairment
  • movement / mobility problems
  • epilepsy


  • communication
  • learning difficulties


  • behavioural problems
  • psychological issues
  • relationships

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How CMS can help?

  • Arrange for occupational therapists to assess your child and home
  • Recommend adaptations and equipment to assist you and your child
  • Assist to find suitable accommodation if adaptations cannot be made
  • Recruit and train support staff or nannies
  • Ensure you and your child are receiving the correct benefits
  • Identify suitable education facility to meet your child’s needs
  • Liaise with nursery, primary and secondary school staff
  • Ensure good communication between all those involved in your child’s support
  • Refer to specialist therapists and services to help your child become more independent

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