Cerebral Palsy Factsheet (for Schools)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-snfCerebralPalsy-enHD-AR1.pngWhat teachers should know about cerebral palsy, and teaching strategies to help students with CP succeed in school.cerebral palsy special needs factsheet, cp, CD1Cerebral Palsy08/21/201311/07/201911/07/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD06/01/2018d9f7eb10-25f6-41a9-9683-34367e5917cchttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cp-factsheet.html/<h3>What Teachers Should Know</h3> <p>Cerebral palsy (CP) affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). CP is usually caused by brain damage that happens before or during a child's birth, or during the first few years of life.&nbsp;Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital childhood disorders.</p> <p>How CP affects each person depends on which part or parts of the brain are involved. Some people have only mild impairment, while others are severely affected. For example, brain damage can be limited, affecting only the part of the brain that controls walking, or it can be more extensive, affecting muscle control of the entire body.</p> <p>Although CP doesn't get progressively worse, how it affects a person's body can change as children grow and develop.</p> <p>Because bullies often target students who seem "different," health conditions like CP can put kids and teens at higher risk for bullying.</p> <p>Kids and teens with CP may:</p> <ul> <li>have learning disabilities, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vision-factsheet.html/">visual impairments</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hearing-factsheet.html/">hearing problems</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/speech-factsheet.html/">speech problems</a>, drooling issues, and behavior problems</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mobility-factsheet.html/">need braces, crutches, or a wheelchair to get around</a></li> <li>need help moving around in class or reaching things</li> <li>need assistive devices for writing and speaking</li> <li>have difficulty sitting still and have uncontrolled movements</li> <li>have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/incontinence-factsheet.html/">difficulty with bladder and bowel control</a> and may need to use a bathroom frequently</li> <li>have seizures</li> <li>need occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and speech therapy during the school day</li> </ul> <h3>What Teachers Can Do</h3> <p>Students with CP may need a little more time to travel between classes and complete activities and tasks.</p> <p>Make sure your classroom is easy to get around and free of obstacles.</p> <p>Students with CP may need to miss class time for doctor visits or to see the school nurse to take medication. Make sure to give special consideration regarding missed instruction, assignments, and testing. In some cases, arranging for verbal responses in assignments and testing can be a good way to measure learning.</p> <p>Educators, parents, doctors, therapists, and the students with CP should work together to develop and maintain the best treatment and education plans.</p> <p>Be prepared for possible medical emergencies by planning ahead with parents in case your students with CP need advanced assistance.</p>
504 Education PlansIf your child has special needs in the classroom, he or she may be eligible for a government-supported learning plan.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/504-plans.html/0af3e773-e353-4673-a384-b0e9b4a5c1f2
Camps for Kids With Special NeedsThere are many camp choices for kids with special needs. From highly specialized camps to regular camps that accommodate kids with special needs, options abound.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finding-camp-special-needs.html/f2b0700f-aae1-4956-9653-58a4cb1b1cce
Caring for Siblings of Kids With Special NeedsKids love their siblings. Often, those who have a brother or sister with special needs want to help. Here's how to help them feel loved and secure about their place in the family.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/siblings-special-needs.html/9734729d-8314-4f50-adf4-f80eb99b3f1b
Cerebral PalsyCerebral palsy (CP) affects a child's muscle tone, movement, and more. This article explains causes, diagnosis, treatment, and coping.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cerebral-palsy.html/2bf118da-d5ef-4078-b144-6b59eef2ce30
Cerebral Palsy (CP)Learn all about cerebral palsy (CP), one of the most common congenital disorders of childhood. Help your child or teen manage the condition, and find the help and services that kids with CP are entitled to.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/cp.html/efe651ef-23e3-47db-9e18-f26ac3a1eb3b
Cerebral Palsy Checklist: Babies & PreschoolersIf your child has cerebral palsy, there's a lot to know. This checklist makes it easy to find out what programs and services may be available to you.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cp-checklist-younger.html/b4bcc9af-ba7b-48b9-893f-42487d916c20
Cerebral Palsy Checklist: Big KidsIf you have a school-age child with cerebral palsy, there's a lot to know. This checklist makes it easy to find out what programs and services may be available to you.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cp-checklist-big-kids.html/ae0bb623-b044-4183-a2a7-14b97d97aa2e
Cerebral Palsy Checklist: Teens & Young AdultsIf your teen has cerebral palsy, there's a lot to know. This checklist makes it easy to determine what programs and services might be needed as your teen nears adulthood.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cp-checklist-teens.html/5d460cde-6713-4360-ac8e-560c01a2fb18
Dietary Needs for Kids With Cerebral PalsyKids with cerebral palsy often have trouble eating. But with the right diet and feeding techniques, they can get the nutrients needed to thrive.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diet-cerebral-palsy.html/b345cc72-1c67-4577-87bb-d3940ac0051c
Disciplining Your Child With Special NeedsHere's how to set boundaries and communicate your expectations in a nurturing, loving way.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/discipline-special.html/2975b314-30ea-43e6-8ee9-1c71a2fa6e07
Financial Planning for Kids With Special NeedsThese 10 steps can help take the anxiety and worry out of your child's financial future and make sure that your child will be taken care of even after you're gone.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/needs-planning.html/7a324c71-2f03-404e-80de-e94bee1e2f04
Going to a Physical TherapistPhysical therapy uses exercises and other special treatments to help people move their bodies. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/physical-therapy.html/1a168d2a-98d8-45e8-b3b5-785fc9f6ecca
Going to an Occupational TherapistOccupational therapy helps children overcome obstacles to be as independent as possible. Learn more about OT.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/occupational-therapist.html/9ecadc70-436b-4573-a947-12df6b333021
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)Some kids may be eligible for individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge. Understanding how to access these services can help you be an effective advocate for your child.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/iep.html/ef341e68-df36-41ee-a535-d8b3906379f7
Kids With Special NeedsLots of kids have special needs. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/special-needs.html/59add500-bf3d-4e15-8611-87e58e291780
Physical TherapyDoctors often recommend physical therapy for kids who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Learn more about PT.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/phys-therapy.html/b6464f6d-3679-4c44-b12d-6d6d3b1a95a7
kh:age-allAgesOrAgeAgnostickh:clinicalDesignation-neurologykh:genre-handoutkh:genre-teacherGuidekh:primaryClinicalDesignation-neurologyFactsheetshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/classroom/factsheet/4c6de5da-1bb3-4575-9e11-e63b79efc41eCP Resources for Educatorshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cerebralpalsy-center/cp-educators/7d29c7e4-8a61-48b4-9dad-674a410f1773