Cerebral palsy is a permanent, non-progressive medical condition that happens when an unborn or newborn baby suffers an injury to their developing brain. The condition affects the child’s ability to control body movements, and it can cause involuntary movement, muscle stiffness, weakness, or shakiness. It can also cause developmental disabilities and problems with balance and coordination. The severity of cerebral palsy (CP) symptoms ranges from mild to debilitating, and they vary from child to child.
Because motor, sensory, and intellectual impairments are associated with cerebral palsy, speech problems and language development issues are common. Cerebral palsy frequently involves the language center of the brain that controls speech. In milder cases of CP, the child may have challenges using the right words, while in more severe cases, the child’s ability to express themselves may be significantly impaired.
Speaking involves using a complex combination of muscles in the face, throat, neck, and other body parts. CP often causes oral functioning problems and affects the area of the brain that controls speech. People with CP may struggle to find the correct words or form coherent sentences to express themselves. In later life, this can make social interactions very difficult.
The most common types of speech disorders associated with CP include:
Language development is often impaired or delayed in children with cerebral palsy. Some of the difficulties with language development include problems generating speech, facial expressions, gestures, using the voice, and understanding speech. Children with CP typically have problems with muscle control, causing weakness, spasms, slow movement, and a limited range of motion. Controlling the fine motor skills needed to produce speech is challenging for people with CP.
Language development may be delayed or impaired by:
The difficulties of CP are not reversible, but their progression can be slowed with early intervention. A speech and language assessment should be performed by a speech pathologist as soon as possible after CP is diagnosed to start speech therapy. Speech therapy allows children with CP to communicate more effectively with their parents, and it can lay the foundation for being successful in school and later in life.
Cerebral palsy can be debilitating for the child and devastating for their families. To make matters worse, the condition is often preventable and occurs due to medical malpractice or negligence. If a medical professional has acted negligently and your child subsequently received a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you may be able to seek compensation in a birth injury lawsuit.
At Ross Feller Casey, we understand that having a child with cerebral palsy can change the lives of everyone in the household. It is often challenging for parents, siblings, and other family members to deal with.
One of the struggles for many parents of children with CP is the volume of medical expenses involved in raising a child with cerebral palsy. That’s why we are dedicated to helping families like yours. While money cannot change the outcome of CP, it can help ease financial burdens and take at least one thing off your plate.
Contact an experienced cerebral palsy attorney at Ross Feller Casey in Philadelphia to discuss your case. Our consultations are free, and we work cases on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay a cent until we win or settle your case. So, don’t delay contacting Ross Feller Casey.
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