Cerebral palsy is a condition that causes a variety of symptoms and severity of symptoms depending on the individual. Some may have increased muscle tone, others decreased. Some children may be affected on only one side of the body, others only in the leg. Learn more about the many ways in which cerebral palsy types can be classified based on symptoms and severity.
Meet the Cerebral Palsy Guidance Team
Gina Jansheski, M.D. is one of our website content editors and is a Board Certified Pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been a practicing pediatrician for over 20 years, working primarily with hospitalized patients and children with special needs.
Renee Warmbrodt, RN, CPNP is another content editor of our website. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and has extensive experience working with pediatric patients in a range of settings.
Jennifer LaRocco is one of our blog writers and is also an Outreach Coordinator, bringing awareness of our website, and CP in general, to the public. She was born with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy.
Alex Diaz-Granados writes for our site and has had cerebral palsy since he was an infant. He provides his insights about living with CP on our blog.
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The underlying cause of all cases of cerebral palsy is damage that disrupts the brain’s development. What causes this damage varies by individual and in some cases may not be known. Learn more about the factors that can cause early brain damage and cerebral palsy, like maternal infections or birth injuries, so that you can take steps to prevent it.
The symptoms of cerebral palsy can vary widely depending on the individual, the type of cerebral palsy and the severity of the brain damage that caused it. The most common symptoms are related to movement and motor function. It is important for parents to know the signs of cerebral palsy so an early diagnosis can be made, followed by treatments and interventions.