Wednesday, 21 May 2008

What is Cerebral Palsy?

A "spastic" is a person with cerebral palsy. This is a disorder of movement appearing in the early years of life. It is due to damage or failure to develop normally in a small part of the brain controlling these activities.

Cerebral palsy takes many forms- in fact no two spastic people are exactly the same. Some are less affected that they have no obvious disability. Others may be clumsy in their walk or they may have difficulties with their limbs or with muscles that help with speech. Some are even unable to stand or sit and thus, are unable to do even simple things for themselves.

Sometimes the damage involves some part of the brain as well. This leads to deafness and other disabilities involving perception. Many spastic children also have learning difficulties, which makes them slow to mature intellectually.

However, spastic people sometimes have higher than average intelligence though many are slow in catching up due to their handicaps. They often find it hard to control their facial expressions and may seem to be feeble-minded or even to be mentally retarded but some of those who seem to be severely disturbed are on the contrary very active intellectually and not least affected by the disorder.

The Spastic Children's Association of Selangor and Federal Territory provides free transport, education and various rehabilitation treatment such as Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy for spastic children living in Selangor and the Federal Territory.

Parents with spastic children are advised to bring their children to the centre as early as possible so that the appropriate therapy can be administered to the children with greater effectiveness.

These therapies, physio, speech and occupational therapy are carried out by experienced and dedicated personnel.

Furthermore, children of schooling age are enrolled to the School Section while younger children are given proper outpatient treatment. Adult students are employed in the Sheltered Workshop.

Moreover, the Association also carries out interesting and beneficial activities such as sports, music session, swimming, gardening as well as needle-work.

For more information, please contact:

P.O.BOX 48
TEL: 03-79550296

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