Cerebral Palsy Essay

1169 Words Oct 29th, 2008 5 Pages
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition that affects thousands of people each year. An estimated 764,000 children and adults are afflicted with one or more symptoms of CP. Around 8,000 infants and babies are diagnosed each year and 1,200-1,500 preschool age children are recognized with symptoms of CP (www.ucp.org). This condition is caused by “abnormal development of areas of the brain that control movement and posture” (www.ucp.org). It can also be caused by damage to the brain (usually because of head injury during the birthing process) or diseases/infections the mother has during pregnancy such as German measles, rubella, bacterial meningitis, or viral encephalitis. Other risk factors may be the loss of too much oxygen during birth …show more content…
This can lead to the fatal problem of suffocation or infection if food or liquid is inhaled through the mouth or nose. Children with cerebral palsy may or may not be have some kind of mental retardation. “Intelligence is a function of the cerebral cortex and CP is a manifestation of brain damage” (Cruickshank, 1955, p.54) There is no known cure for cerebral palsy. Early and constant treatment can help patients deal with the disabilities that come with being diagnosed with CP. Management treatments such as physical therapy and therapies that can help children with specific skills are used. Managing a child with CP takes a group of people that help provide services to help them become well-rounded adults. The team starts with the child’s parents, but doctors, occupational therapists, special education teachers, speech therapists and music therapists can all assist in aiding a child with CP. Medications are used for children with seizures and can help reduce the effects of CP and prevent some complications. The main goal of the team is to help children reach their full physical, emotional, and mental potential. The children will need as much help as possible to be able to lead what we think is a “normal” life in our society and culture. Music therapists can also play a role in aiding a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy. In the study of sedative music on EMG biofeedback-assisted

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