If you have a child living with Cerebral Palsy, no matter how much you know about the condition, there always seems to be more to learn. There are basic facts, though, that the entire world can benefit from. These facts about Cerebral Palsy are less about breaking down the complexities surrounding the condition but, instead, more about emotional truths we all should embrace.
5 Cerebral Palsy Facts You Should Know
First, parents are almost never to blame for their child’s Cerebral Palsy. Only in the most extreme circumstances, such as when a mother is abusing drugs/alcohol or due to physical abuse, can a parent be responsible for the brain injury associated with CP. Genetics can play a part in a child’s CP but, again, this is not something within the power of a parent. Any feelings of guilt felt by a parent should be overcome through because they are usually based upon a false notion of responsibility; similarly, society should not judge parents for their child’s condition as it is almost due to a brain injury that was entirely out of their control.
But what is a brain injury? We have already highlighted that Cerebral Palsy is often tied to an event around birth that results in damage to the brain. This damage can vary widely in severity, location and more but is always connected to the brain’s ability to process demands. As a result, certain motor functions, movement, mental development and more can be made difficult or even impossible.
This wide range of symptoms helps highlight the fact that your child’s Cerebral Palsy can be extremely different from another child with CP. Click to see the various types of Spastic Cerebral Palsy that can exist and how it might impact a person or child. Whether impacting one side of the body or various different limbs and motion, CP is a complex condition. When society sees the various ways in which Cerebral Palsy can impact a person, better understanding is made possible in regard to areas like government benefits, social respect, accommodations and more.
The idea of social respect and accommodations are important due to the interest of most people with Cerebral Palsy to actively attend school, work and more. Just because Cerebral Palsy involves a brain injury does not mean that a child or person with CP has mental difficulties. All too often, those with Cerebral Palsy are assumed to be mentally challenged, which is simply not the case. Due to this misinformation or stigmatization, though, employment can be very difficult. More work is needed on a variety of levels to ensure that opportunities are made available to those with Cerebral Palsy in order to make the world a more open place for everyone’s benefit.
All of these facts boil down to a reality that no parent or person with Cerebral Palsy did something to cause this life-long condition. However, that does not mean that someone may not be responsible. Sadly, some Cerebral Palsy is preventable. Whether due to medical error during delivery, improper prescriptions issued by a physician during a pregnancy or any number of other preventable circumstances, a medical professional can be the cause of a child’s CP. Because this is largely not discussed, and no doctor or nurse is likely to step up and admit fault, we believe every parent of a child with Cerebral Palsy should request a Medical Legal Review to examine the circumstances surrounding the birth and determine what options are available. Those children who qualify for Lifetime Benefits can receive funds aimed to limit the impact of CP for decades to come.
Looking for more information and facts about Cerebral Palsy? Contact us today by calling (800) 462-5772 or filling out our online form. Our organization is proud to help break down stereotypes and stigmas associated with Cerebral Palsy and we hope you will contact us to see what free resources we might have to help.