Health Sciences

Disability and participation in cerebral palsy research

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of posture and movement caused by damage to the developing brain, either during pregnancy or soon after birth.  It affects one in every 500 children born in Australia.  The cause is mostly unknown, and there is no cure.  Although the initial brain injury does not change, the presentation of movement problems can change as the child grows and develops.  People with cerebral palsy may also have problems with speech, vision, hearing, intellectual difficulties and epilepsy.

What treatment is available?

Children with CP have contact with many health and care professionals, who provide a variety of services and treatments.  Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) use a range of different treatments and management strategies to try to improve the activities and participation of children and young people with the condition.

Our research with children and young people with CP

Details of current research studies can be found via the navigation pane on the left.

Recent achievements

A recent  publication by Imms et al (2016) ‘Participation’: a systematic review of  language, definitions, and constructs used in intervention research with children with disabilities’ has been readily taken up by the research community.

Listen to Peter Rosenbaum and Bernard Dan (Editors for  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology) discuss this paper and have an  engaging conversation about the concept of participation and what it means for  children with disability.