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Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition that affects movement and posture.

It's caused by a problem with the brain that can happen during pregnancy, during labour or in the first few weeks of life. Tamariki (children) born very prematurely are also at risk of developing cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy can also be caused by an accident causing permanent brain injury in the first two years of life.

Tamariki with cerebral palsy often have other problems like:

Cerebral palsy doesn't get worse, but it cannot be cured. Types of treatment include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2021.

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