Do have concerns that your child is slightly “different” when comparing to other children his or her age? Has your child exhibited behaviors or mannerisms which seem out of place, giving you a sense something is not right. Perhaps, your family or friends have mentioned certain movements or actions that seem a little “off.”
Keep in mind infants, toddlers and children typically reach mental and physical milestones based on various factors, including age and gender. However, the deviation in reaching a developmental milestone do not automatically indicate a medical problem. Children may have unique characteristics which can naturally alter the pace of development. If your son or daughter looks, talks or acts a little different, try to remain positive, not jumping to the conclusion there is something “wrong” with your child.
Facts about Cerebral Palsy
- There are three main types of CP: spastic, ataxic, and athetoid (or “dyskinetic”).
- Over 500,000 people in the U.S. currently have cerebral palsy. Each year, nearly 5,000 newborns & infants are diagnosed with this condition.
- Babies born prematurely, between the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy are three times more likely to be diagnosed with cerebral palsy.