Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy is the name for a group of lifelong, physical conditions that affect movement, posture and co-ordination.

It is caused by an injury to the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth. Cerebral Palsy is not progressive (ie the original injury does not get worse over time) but the symptoms of the condition can change as a child grows. Cerebral Palsy can affect different areas of the body and affect movement or function in different ways. For more information see

NHS Cerebral Palsy information page

Scope Cerebral Palsy Advice and Support pages

Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists – What is Cerebral Palsy? Fact Sheet

There is not currently a cure for Cerebral Palsy but there are treatments that can help manage symptoms and assist the child to be as active and independent as possible. You can find more information on our website about the different treatment options. For many children with cerebral palsy, postural management is an integral part of their therapy management to aid the develeopment of their function and prevent deformities developing. For more information on postural management, please click here.

Provide Children’s Services take a holistic approach in empowering you to assist your child to participate and enjoy life to their fullest. For further support please see the following:

Mind – Information and support for children and young people
Action for Children
KIDS charity
Family Fund
Newlife Charity for Disabled Children
CEREBRA charity

For more information on different types of Cerebral Palsy, please click here.

More information on treatment for Cerebral Palsy can be found here.

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