Just as autism covers a spectrum of symptoms and conditions, so too does cerebral palsy. CP is the overarching name for a group of non-progressive disorders of movement and posture caused by damage to the developing brain. It is the most common form of childhood disability.
Cerebral Palsy occurs during pregnancy or shortly after birth and disorders are manifest early in life. The severity and symptoms vary with every individual, including the parts or areas of the body affected. While one person may have a weakness in one hand, for example, another may have no control over their hand movements.
In addition to movement being affected, associated disabilities can also include impaired vision, hearing or speech, epilepsy, and intellectual and learning challenges.