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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a name given to several conditions that affect movement and coordination. The symptoms of cerebral palsy are problems with movement, co-ordination and often development. The symptoms can vary from person to person and can include:

  • weak arms or legs
  • fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements
  • random, uncontrolled movements
  • muscle spasms
  • shaking hands (tremors)
  • seeming too stiff or too floppy (hypotonia)
  • walking on tip-toes

The parts of the body that are affected can also vary: either on one side of the body; mainly the legs; or the whole body.

People with cerebral palsy can also have a range of other problems which may include:

Many children and young people with Cerebral Palsy can go to mainstream schools while others might need a special school.

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