This site is intended to provide information on the associated conditions of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy can be a frustrating condition because of the various ways in which it manifests itself. There are several forms of cerebral palsy, such as spastic, athetoid, ataxic, or a mixture of these. While it is a condition that affects movement, posture and coordination, there can be associated conditions which are more likely to occur in children who have cerebral palsy.
It is important to note that while certain conditions occur more frequently in children with cerebral palsy, every child is different and will not necessarily have any of the following:
Children with cerebral palsy may have difficulties with sleeping or toileting.
Cerebral palsy can affect children’s speech and/or chewing and swallowing.
Some children with cerebral palsy may develop epilepsy. Medication is often used to control this.
Sometimes children with cerebral palsy have difficulty processing information about shapes, speed and space – this is often referred to as a visual or spatial perception difficulty.
Some children with cerebral palsy may have learning difficulties or a specific learning difficulty – a particular difficulty with one particular kind of activity such as reading, drawing or mathematics.
For a more indepth description of possible conditions associated with cerebral palsy, please use the the links to the left.