While Cerebral Palsy (pronounced seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) is a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.
Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.
In this HiHo Kids video, Kids Meet a Person With Cerebral Palsy, kids meet writer Carolyn Agee. Through questions and conversation, the kids get to hear more about Agee’s experiences as someone with CP.Next: Kids Meet a Guide Dog for the Blind, Dancing Professionally With Cerebral Palsy, This invention helped me write again, and What does the wheelchair symbol actually mean?