Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.

The symptoms of CP vary from person to person. A person with severe CP might need to use special equipment to be able to walk, or might not be able to walk at all and might need lifelong care. A person with mild CP, on the other hand, might walk a little awkwardly, but might not need any special help. CP does not get worse over time, though the exact symptoms can change over a person’s lifetime.

It’s very helpful to read more about cerebral palsy. Following are links to additional information:

Foundations for Independence/Cerebral Palsy of Utah

The mission of UCP is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

The CDC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Information in English and Spanish.

NINDS | National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Information in English and Spanish.

Cerebral Palsy Group

Cerebral Palsy Group provides educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance

Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.


Resources for children with cerebral palsy.