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.
Although CP doesn't get progressively worse, how it affects a person's body can change as children grow and develop.
CP can occur if the mother experiences an injury or disease that affects the fetus, during a traumatic birth, or later in life due to an infection, disease or head trauma. In many cases, a child with CP may show signs of: muscular weakness, paralysis, lack of coordination, slurred speech, involuntary convulsions, or visual impairment.
Some children with CP are ambulatory, while others are wheelchair bound.
If a child has been diagnosed with CP by age 3, then a referral should be made to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).
Finally, teachers can have students who are able dance to music to improve their mobility.
As the months went by, Jen’s mom noticed other things she didn’t remember seeing with Jen’s older brother.
At six months, Jen didn’t hold her head up straight. When Jen went back for her six-month checkup, the doctor was concerned by what he saw and what Jen’s mom told him. More severe CP can affect all parts of a child’s physical abilities.
Learn more about fine motor skills with the lesson What Are Fine Motor Skills in Children? While it is known that music has soothing qualities, it has additional benefits to children with cerebral palsy.
Teachers can use music in the classroom to help students improve their social skills through participation in group performances.