Everybody is unique

Everyone with cerebral palsy has their own unique set of abilities and difficulties.

It may be a challenge to only one arm, one side of the body, or one half of the body. It may be a type that makes standing up difficult, or a type that makes writing with a pencil tricky. As a result, health professionals often use recognised terms to describe the level of gross motor function (bigger movements like walking), manual ability or communication skills a person has.

Health professionals use different classification systems to describe cerebral palsy:

  • Level 1 to level 5 of the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) is often used to describe gross motor skills.
  • Level 1 to level 5 of the Manual Ability Classification System is often used to describe manual ability.

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