By Dr Sheba Sam
As we go inexperienced for World Cerebral Palsy Day 2020 — amid the globally-hit COVID-19 pandemic — allow us to study concerning the uniqueness and the ability of individuals residing with cerebral palsy, and what helps of their technique to independence and success. Many individuals with this incapacity have been utilizing their wings to fly, preventing stigmas and limitations. All it takes to achieve nice heights is having a coronary heart for it, together with sturdy religion and confidence.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a lifelong situation that’s brought on by non-progressive harm to the toddler mind, impacting the developmental trajectory of youngsters, in addition to their households. It’s the commonest bodily incapacity in childhood and has a prevalence of roughly one in 500 dwell births; it’s estimated that globally, 17 million folks have CP.
The scientific presentation of CP varies relying on the placement and extent of the mind insult. Its signs transcend what is usually noticed within the musculoskeletal system. People with CP could current related challenges in communication, studying, sensory, cognition, and behavior, in addition to seizure dysfunction. Because of the complicated scientific presentation, people with CP and their households with vital financial burden, require coordinated help from well being, schooling, and social companies. Whatever the prognosis, allow them to acknowledge that they’ve many skills, and that with the proper diversifications and modifications of the atmosphere, they’ll totally take part in actions of each day residing.
Battling in opposition to COVID-19, we’ve got a fantastic alternative to study from folks residing with cerebral palsy. Across the globe, individuals are looking for methods and improvements that may assist them adapt to the massive change. Individuals who have cerebral palsy have mastered coping with change, breaking down boundaries, and developing with artistic options their entire lives. Studying about their success tales and realizing extra about life will definitely fill your coronary heart and hold you going up the ladder.
(Dr Sam is an occupational therapist with Prayatna, a non-public little one improvement centre in Kochi, Kerala)