11 Things to Know about Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood, and children with CP and their families need support. Learn more about CP and what signs to look for in young children.
  1. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.
  2. CP is the most common motor disability of childhood. About 1 in 345 children have been identified with CP according to estimates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s).
  3. CP is more common among boys than girls, and more common among black children than among white children.
  4. Most (about 75%-85%) children with CP have spastic CP. This means that their muscles are stiff, and as a result, their movements can be awkward.
  5. Over half (about 50%-60%) of children with CP can walk independently.

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