Cerebral Palsy


A disorder of movement and posture caused by a defect in the developing brain.


  • Primitive reflexes are still evident
  • Slow to develop postural reflexes
  • May have the following:
    • Mental retardation
    • Convulsions
    • Speech problems
    • Oculomotor defects
    • Hearing and vision loss

Teaching Strategies

  • Work on muscle stretching
  • Develop range of motion
  • Develop postural alignments
  • Use ramp climbing
  • Work on gait training



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