cerebral palsy


Definition of cerebral palsy 

: a disability resulting from damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth and outwardly manifested by muscular incoordination and speech disturbances

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She was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy at age 1, according to the family's YouCaring page. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "This Video of a 4-Year-Old With Cerebral Palsy Walking on Her Own for the First Time Will Make Your Day," 6 July 2018 The video of a 4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy taking her first steps went viral after her family posted the emotional video on social media. Fox News, "Girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps in emotional video," 4 July 2018 However, health conditions like cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy can also cause scoliosis, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Princess Eugenie Shares an X-Ray From Her Childhood Scoliosis Surgery on Instagram," 3 July 2018 Both locations offer The Constance & David Blacher Children's Special Needs Program at Camp Shalom for campers with special needs, such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, for campers between ages 3-22. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Israeli counselors, several programs featured at Camp Shalom," 29 June 2018 The national touring company was beaten to the punch last weekend by a local troupe devoted to providing performance opportunities for adults with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How Detour Company Theatre beat Gammage to the punch with 'School of Rock'," 15 June 2018 Caleb’s doctor, Laura Jacks, specializes in pediatric cerebral palsy cases, which are all different. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kids make strides using new technology at Norton Healthcare," 7 June 2018 The 70-year-old Spencer, Iowa, woman has advanced cerebral palsy as well as a brain injury from a vehicle accident that has left her unable to speak or walk. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How much money is Iowa saving by privatizing Medicaid? It’s a mystery.," 21 May 2018 The mechanical engineering students designed the custom three-wheeler for 9-year-old Bella, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy that makes riding a two-wheeler difficult. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Engineering students use their brains and their hearts to build a bike for a little girl," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of cerebral palsy

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cerebral palsy was in 1889

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Medical Definition of cerebral palsy 

: a disability resulting from damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth and outwardly manifested by muscular incoordination and speech disturbances — see ataxic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy

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