March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. According to CerebralPalsy.org, Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that occurs as a result of a brain injury or malformation that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing. Around 500,000 children under the age of 18 currently have cerebral palsy. As of now, there is no cure, but bringing awareness to the disorder may change that fact in the future.
In other words, cerebral palsy is a physical challenge that impacts the development of movement. Impairment can vary considerably and no two people with cerebral palsy are affected in exactly the same way. The problems that children and adults with face, including lack of inclusion, are often similar.
Over the years, W.A.G.S. 4 Kids has trained and provided service dogs for children with a range of disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy. Below are some of the things we’ve learned about cerebral palsy, and how the lives of those childre