Understanding Cerebral Palsy and how to support those affected

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition that affects muscle control and movement, making everyday activities challenging for those diagnosed with it.

It’s caused by an injury to the brain that could occur before, during or after birth. The severity of the condition and the symptoms experienced can vary widely among individuals.

Whilst some individuals may need slight assistance with certain tasks, others may need comprehensive, round-the-clock care.

In this blog, we will discuss the different types of support that can be offered to those affected by cerebral palsy and how it can help.

Medical and therapeutic support

Physiotherapy helps improve muscle strength, balance, and coordination.

Regular sessions can enhance mobility and reduce muscle stiffness.

Occupational therapy helps individuals perform everyday tasks more easily, from dressing to cooking.

Many with CP may have difficulty speaking and can benefit from speech and language support.

Medications can help manage symptoms such as muscle stiffness, spasms, and seizures.

Assistive technology

Modern technology such as communication aids, wheelchairs and specialised shoes can all help with various difficulties that come with cerebral palsy.

There are also adaptive tools that can help with daily tasks like special utensils and dressing aids.

Educational support

Education is pivotal and ensuring inclusivity within education can make a huge difference to those affected by cerebral palsy.

Teachers with specialised training to work with people with cerebral palsy will be able to offer great support in education and can really create a personal connection with them.

Emotional and social support

Beyond physical challenges, individuals with CP may face emotional and social hurdles.

Psychotherapy can help address feelings of isolation, anxiety, or depression.

Another way to create support is connecting with others who have CP as this can provide a platform for sharing experiences with likeminded individuals.

Family support and training

Families of individuals with CP may need guidance and support:

  • Training: Families can benefit from learning physiotherapy techniques, communication strategies, and more to assist their loved ones.
  • Respite care: Occasionally, families might need breaks. Respite care provides temporary care, ensuring individuals with CP are well-looked after.

If you need help supporting someone with cerebral palsy, get in touch with our team now.

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