Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is the name given for a group of lifelong conditions, these conditions affect movement, co-ordination and sometimes speech. It's caused by a problem when the brain develops before, during or soon after birth. This disability can be very difficult too deal with, we can offer many forms of support ranging from helping PIP or CDLA or becoming a corporate appointee (for those aged 18 onwards). Cerebral Palsy is first found as a child, however it is unfortunately an incurable illness. There are many ways to get support if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with the illness.

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What most people are unaware of is that this condition affects more than just movement and co-ordination, it also has the effects of the following:

  • Difficulty developing as a child - not being able to sit up without help at around 8 months old or being unable to walk at around 18 months old.

  • Seeming to rigid or loose when completing simple movements.

  • Lack of strength in legs or arms.

  • Unpredictable or clumsy movements.

  • Walking on tips of toes.

  • Difficulty swallowing food and drinks.

  • Speech difficulties.

  • Vision impairment.

Practical Help For Cerebral Palsy

Naturally working with Cerebral Palsy can be difficult depending on the severity of your condition. Some can continue a relatively normal life however some may struggle with learning or moving around for their whole lives. Disability Support Project is aware that the symptoms can be exacerbated by stress and anxiety so can assist with benefits applications (form filling), appeals, and tribunals for the following:

More help with Cerebral Palsy

Your GP should provide you with guidance and might refer you to an occupational therapist. You can also find more support and information on the links below: