Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition that can affect an individual’s motor skills, movement, speech and language, cognitive development, hearing ability, and other developmental factors. Supporting children with Cerebral Palsy as early as possible is important for the best chance of positive development. A great way to do this is by introducing them to specialist, sensory Cerebral Palsy equipment. These products are designed to support children with Cerebral Palsy and their diverse needs in a safe and positive way.
Cerebral Palsy Facts
Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term for a number of neurological issues that affect movement and coordination. These conditions arise due to problems that affect the brain and nervous system – this is in the areas of the brain designed for controlling the muscles. Cerebral Palsy is the most common movement and motor disability in children and is usually apparent within the first three years of a child being born.
Cerebral Palsy can occur if the brain develops in an abnormal fashion or is damaged before, during, or just after birth. Some of the causes include: a difficult or premature birth, bleeding on the baby’s brain, an infection caught by the mother in pregnancy or mutations to genes related to brain development.
There are four types of Cerebral Palsy:
- Spastic Cerebral Palsy
- Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy
- Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
- Mixed Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Some of the symptoms that are common with Cerebral Palsy include:
- muscle stiffness or floppiness;
- weak muscles;
- uncontrolled or random body movements;
- poor balance and coordination;
- walking on tiptoes;
- speech difficulties;
- learning difficulties;
- vision problems;
- fits or seizures.
Some of the signs that a child may have Cerebral Palsy include:
- delays in movement, such as walking, crawling or rolling over;
- favoring one side of the body;
- scooting on the bottom instead of crawling.
These symptoms can happen in different areas of the body in different people, and the severity of these symptoms varies. Many children with Cerebral Palsy also have a co-existing condition, such as ADHD, EBD, or ASD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 10 children with Cerebral Palsy also have ASD.
There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, however sensory Cerebral Palsy equipment and use of physiotherapy and occupational therapy can improve life for individuals by supporting their development and increasing their independence.
Cerebral Palsy Sensory Space
The effects of Cerebral Palsy on the nervous system can often present itself with irregularities in muscle tone. A multisensory environment has the potential of minimizing these effects through vibration, digital sounds, and soothing lights. By using the right frequencies and visual stimulation combined with aromatherapy, individuals with Cerebral Palsy can move their way through a select environment designed to meet their particular needs. Choose from our interactive bubble tubes, fiber optic strands, or interactive panels and tunnels to create the perfect space for your children and adults with Cerebral Palsy.
Providing environmental control in a sensory space can be highly beneficial for individuals with Cerebral Palsy, too. Our IRiS products are a great example of sensory Cerebral Palsy products as they help to improve gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Use an IRiS switch or Qube, for example, to control the way a sensory product, like a bubble tube, behaves.
Top Cerebral Palsy Products for Sensory Seekers
Some great tools for engaging individuals with Cerebral Palsy:
If you need assistance with designing a sensory space that encourages movement, balance, speech, and awareness, just get in touch! We offer FREE Room Design Service, and with help from our expert team, we can help you create the ideal sensory space for your child or adult with Cerebral Palsy.
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