Teaching children with cerebral palsy

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By Alex Diaz-Granados – Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition caused by brain damage at birth. It most often affects muscles and therefore movement, but the complications that arise are varied, both in type and severity. This fact makes working with a child with cerebral palsy a unique opportunity. Educators must understand the individual child, her needs, limitations and abilities, to best help guide the child to reach her best potential.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Symptoms and complications

Each child is different and teachers must get to know an individual student with cerebral palsy and what her needs are. However, there are some characteristic complications of cerebral palsy that most children living with this condition experience. The most common of these are related to muscle tone and movement. Cerebral palsy causes muscles to be either over or under toned, spastic, or rigid. Children with cerebral palsy may have tremors, poor coordination and balance, difficulty walking, difficulty moving generally, and difficulty eating and swallowing.

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