Social and Emotional Concerns of People With Cerebral Palsy

People with cerebral palsy (CP) share many of the social and emotional concerns of others the same age, such as wanting to fit in with peers and develop friendships.

Help support your child with CP by being aware of and understanding these concerns. Although you will not be able to solve all the difficulties for your child, your efforts can have a lasting and positive impact.

  • School-aged children with cerebral palsy want to be accepted by others and included in games and sports. Special equipment and encouragement from other children their age can help them participate in normal activities.
  • Teens and young adults with cerebral palsy have concerns and questions about relationships and sexuality. They may need more help than other teens and young adults in learning how to take care of their maturing bodies. Also, they may need additional guidance in how to make good choices and have healthy sexual relationships as they get older.
  • Adults with cerebral palsy want to have fulfilling jobs and active social lives. They may need special equipment to do their jobs.
  • A woman with CP may be at increased risk for problems during pregnancy and delivery. Her specific problems will depend on how her joints and muscles are affected by CP.

Talk to your doctor about support groups and other resources that can help you handle your child's concerns.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Last Revised September 20, 2012

Last Revised: September 20, 2012

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