Cerebral Palsy

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               What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects the movement of muscles. Children all around the world have Cerebral Palsy and it can affect vision, hearing, speech and learning. Head damage during birth or head damage during the first 5 years of a kids life to the diveloping brain can cause it.

Types Of Cerebral Palsy

Spastic- This is the most common type of cerebral palsy. For people with Spastic Cerebral Palsy their musculus are stiff and it is difficult to move.

Hypotonic- It is the opposite of Spastic because muscles are flimsy and floppy.

Ataxic- Muscles don't move when your brain tells them to.

Dyskinetic- This type of Cerebral Palsy is split into two groups, Athetiod Cerebral Palsy when you have slow, long movements and Dystonic Cerebral Palsy where it mostly affects your chest and gives you bad posture.

Mixed- A combinatoin of all the symptoms above.

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is an example of when the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" is used. Just because he is in a weelchair and he can't talk, people may think he does not have the intelligence even though he is probobly one of the smartest men in the world. A lot of people with Cerebral Palsy and other disibilities are treated like this. Since Stephen Hawking can't talk he uses a computer to speak. The Cerebral Palsy has affected his fingers so he can not type, so he uses his eyes and cheek. He has a device attached to his glasses that reads cheek and eye movements to choose words that form sentences.

Facts

1. Children that are born under the weight of 3 pounds are more likely to have Cerebral Palsy.

2. A baby with Cerebral Palsy is born every hour.

3. 1 out of 500 kids have Cerebral Palsy.

4. 1/3rd of people with Cerebral Palsy can't walk.

5. 1/5th of people can't talk.

6. People estimate that more than 500,000 people have Cerebral Palsy.

Quinn's Lemonade

My 2nd cousin Quinn Roney is 7 years old. Quinn lives in Maple Ridge, BC. Quinn's best friend's name is Brayden. Brayden has Cerebral Palsy and needs braces on his right arm and legs so he can move. Brayden's family was excited to find out that there was a special surgery in America that can let him move without braces, but there's a problem - the surgery is very expensive and costs 20,000 dollars. After trying to keep Brayden calm at physio therapy, Quinn saw how much pain he was in and wanted to help. When he told his parents that he wanted to raise money from a lemonade sale they thought it would never work. But they were wrong. The word got out and the lemonade sale started as a success. They started a web site called My Buddy Brayden, so people can donate online. The lemonade sale was on many of news channals in BC. Their goal for raising money was 20,000 dollars, but they raised 48,000 dollars. They gave the rest of the money to a little girl with Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Treatment

There is no known cure for cerebral palsy, although there are special surgeries and treatment. Sometimes people with Cerebral Palsy (depending on the type) go to physical therapy.At physical therapy people work on loosening muscles and making it easier to move. There are also surgeries to help with loosening muscles.

Out Of My Mind

by: Sharon Draper

Imagine if you couldn't walk or talk, well in Out My Mind you learn about Melody who has Cerebral Palsy and can't talk or walk. Melody has an photo graphic memory and is super smart, but nobody knows. She was put in a "special" class for kids like her. In the special class they learn the ABC's again and again and get treated like kindergartens. Until they got a new teacher that thinks they can learn more than the alphabet. All the kids in her class get to join a class with the normal kids. In this new class she will meet friend, bullies and teachers. I highly reccomend reading this book especially if you want to learn more about Cerebral Palsy.

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