What is Cerebral Palsy? and how can sufferers be helped?
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects movement and muscle tone. Adults with cerebral palsy may experience behavioural problems due to a variety of factors. These include frustration with their physical limitations, difficulties with communication and social interaction, and underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.
Common behavioural problems observed in adults with cerebral palsy may include aggression, self-injury, impulsivity, and difficulty following rules or routines.
It is vital to address these behaviours in a supportive and individualized manner, and to work with healthcare professionals to identify and address underlying causes. Strategies for managing behavioural issues may include behaviour modification techniques, medication, and support from caregivers and mental health professionals.
It is also important to consider that behavioural problems in adults with cerebral palsy may be a result of discomfort or pain related to their physical condition.
Any physical needs that may be contributing to behavioural issues should be addressed, such as providing adequate pain management or addressing mobility issues. Additionally, it may be helpful to create a structured and predictable environment. This can help individuals with cerebral palsy feel more in control and better able to manage their behaviours.
It is also important to provide opportunities for individuals with cerebral palsy to engage in activities that are meaningful to them, as this can help improve their overall quality of life and reduce behavioural problems.
Finally, The individual with cerebral palsy should be involved in the development of their behaviour management plan, as they may have valuable insights and preferences that should be taken into consideration.
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The health challenges facing Adult CP sufferers
Adult Cerebral Palsy sufferers face a range of health (and mental health) challenges, one of the main reasons that support is so desperately needed. These issues include:
Premature aging: The majority of CP sufferers will experience some form of premature aging by the time they reach their 40’s. This is because of the extra stress and strain that CP puts on their bodies.
Depression: The rate of depression is 3-4 times higher in people with disabilities such as CP. Much of this is down to the amount of emotional support available and the severity of their symptoms.
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