Cerebral Palsy
  1. Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in children.

  1. In Scotland, around 150 children are diagnosed every year.

  1. Around 2 children in every 1000 live births will have some degree of CP.

       Source: SCPE (2002). ‘Prevalence and characteristics of children with cerebral palsy in Europe.’ Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 44. 633-640.
  1. Most children with cerebral palsy will walk; 60% will walk without the use of an aid, 10% will walk with an aid, 30% will use a wheelchair.

         Source: Cerebral Palsy Foundation
  1. Almost all children with hemiplegia will walk, about 3 in 4 diplegic children will walk and less than 1 in 4 quadriplegic children will walk.

        Source: Patient Platform
  1. Around 50% of children will have learning difficulties.

  1. Around 50% of children will have normal or above average intelligence.

  1. 65% to 90% of children born with CP have a normal or near normal life expectancy.

       Source: Kevin Paterson and Nick Watson, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research.

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