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6 Myths and Facts about Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a disease that affects motor function, and it is regarded as the most common physical disability among children with more than 17-million affected worldwide. However, there has been some advancement made over the years.

World Cerebral Palsy Day lands in the month of October, aimed to raise awareness about the disease and to show that mental awareness of CP patients is still high. Like many diseases, there are common misconceptions about it, so let’s take a look at some myths and facts to help spread the message…

1. Having CP Doesn’t Mean Mental Impairment

As mentioned before, those with CP often have the same level of mental function (cognitive ability) as someone without it, despite the disease being characterized as having damage to the brain. According to CerebralPalsy.org, only 30 to 50-percent of children with CP have cognitive limitations.

Having barriers to reasoning does not mean those with CP cannot experience what life has to offer. “Children with cognitive impairments lead enjoyable and meaningful lives,” notes the source. Those who have cognitive limitations just require a bit more attention and support, it adds.

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