Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and keep balance and posture. Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Cerebral palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles. The symptoms and functioning of each person with cerebral palsy varies. Cerebral palsy does not get worse over time, but the exact symptoms can change over a person’s lifetime.
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