5 Things to Know About Adopting a Child With Cerebral Palsy

  1. Cerebral palsy is not a disease. It is a non-progressive neurological disorder that permanently affects a child’s movement, muscle tone, posture or balance.
  2. Cerebral palsy affects every child differently, from barely noticeable to major and life-changing.
  3. Therapies and medications can improve speech, movement and mobility. Some kids have minor differences in gait or mild speech impairments. Others use crutches or other mobility devices.
  4. Cerebral palsy is not an intellectual disability. Most kids with CP have average or above-average intelligence.
  5. The best parents for children with cerebral palsy have access to medical care, inclusive schools and recognize the unlimited potential of ALL children.

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