Cerebral palsy is a brain disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and coordination. Cerebral refers to the brain, while palsy refers to muscle weakness.
The disorder can occur because of an injury to the brain or abnormal growth during the brain's development. It can affect children in different ways and can involve:
- Motor skills
- Muscle tone
- Muscle weakness
Cerebral palsy cannot be cured, but it can be managed to prevent complications and make the most of the child's capability at home, in the community and in the future.