Have you ever heard a family member talk about your first step or the first word you spoke?
In some cases, a kid's speech may be affected or the person might not be able to speak at all.
Cerebral palsy (say: seh-REE-brel PAWL-zee) is a condition that affects thousands of babies and children each year.
It is not contagious, which means you can't catch it from anyone who has it.
The word cerebral means having to do with the brain.
The word palsy means a weakness or problem in the way a person moves or positions his or her body.
A kid with CP has trouble controlling the muscles of the body.Normally, the brain tells the rest of the body exactly what to do and when to do it.But because CP affects the brain, depending on what part of the brain is affected, a kid might not be able to walk, talk, eat, or play the way most kids do.There are three types of cerebral palsy: spastic (say: SPASS-tik), athetoid (say: ATH-uh-toid), and ataxic (say: ay-TAK-sik). A kid with spastic CP can't relax his or her muscles or the muscles may be stiff.Athetoid CP affects a kid's ability to control the muscles of the body.This means that the arms or legs that are affected by athetoid CP may flutter and move suddenly.