Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder, affecting movement and posture.

Cerebral palsy describes a group of conditions affecting a developing infant or child’s brain. It is the most common physical disability in childhood.

The condition results from damage to the brain that occurs during pregnancy, at birth, or within the first two years after birth.

Depending on the extent and location of the brain damage, movement and posture is often affected, though these features are often accompanied by other difficulties.

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Finding out that your child has or might have cerebral palsy can be overwhelming. Often families are not sure where or who to turn to to get support.

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We provide therapy for children with CP and other disabilities. Our therapists and teachers will work closely with you to understand and support the individual needs of your child and family. If you live in Johor, you can access our services ​whether your child has a diagnosis or not.


A life of joy and fulfilment means being surrounded by supportive family and friends, being engaged in life-enhancing interests and activities, and being safe and secure. A quality life includes economic security, personal safety, health and mental well-being, and freedom with independence. For individuals with cerebral palsy, quality of life is defined in the same manner. Studies confirm that children with cerebral palsy often report a quality of life on par with that reported by children without disability.

There is no cure for cerebral palsy; the damage to the brain is permanent. However, the brain can adapt, and therapy can influence how the brain develops, to make the best possible use of the nervous system remaining. Everyone’s brain has some possibility for adaptation and learning but we know that younger brains are the most adaptable.

The damage to the brain is not progressive, but your child’s difficulties may change as they grow and mature. Limited movement can result in the shortening of muscles and deformities of joints and bones. Growth can also impact movement. This means for some children certain activities such as walking or using their hands, may become more difficult.

As cerebral palsy involves damage to the brain, it can affect many areas of function. For some children, problems may occur either as part of cerebral palsy or secondary to the condition.

This will depend on the extent and location of damage in the brain. For example, immobility can lead to muscle degeneration. Muscle stiffness can also impact on a child’s breathing and respiratory system. Some children have epilepsy and others difficulty with sleep, eating and drinking or communication and others with their sensory system.

Pain is the issue that most affects the quality of life in children who have cerebral palsy. However, please remember that these difficulties do not affect every child.

Cerebral palsy is not life-limiting as the initial damage to the brain doesn’t change. However, some of the associated problems that some children have or can develop, such as severe epilepsy, severe feeding issues or severe skeletal deformities can lead to a shortened life expectancy. This is only in a minority of children.
Therapy is focused on helping your child participate fully in life despite difficulties with their body’s functional abilities. This may involve addressing difficulties with the body’s structures, such as tight or weak muscles but will also include teaching different ways of doing activities or changing the environment and/or providing specialist equipment that makes a task easier. Specialist therapy can help you and your child manage the challenges that cerebral palsy may present.
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