I hope my good and dear friend, Amanda L., will not mind if I borrow this well written explanation of Cerebral Palsy from her blog. I felt it expressed just exactly what CP is all about.
(Cerebral Palsy) is a catch-all term that is used when someone has a brain injury that is static (the damage is done and not getting worse) and affects muscle control. CP produces a broad spectrum of results – from people who might be a bit clumsy when they walk to people unable to control their bodies at all. Since it is a non-progressive disorder, you have what you have and just learn to work around it. There are no known cures but different therapies can help a lot. CP has to do with physical skills, not cognitive ability. For those of you who want to learn more about CP, here’s a useful link: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_palsy/cerebral_palsy.html