Types of Cerebral Palsy


Cerebral Palsy is a broad term that encompasses many different disorders of movement and posture. To describe particular types of movement disorders covered by the term, pediatricians, neurologists, and therapists use several classification systems and many labels. To understand the different types of Cerebral Palsy more clearly, you must first understand what professionals mean by muscle tone.

All children with Cerebral Palsy have damage to the area of the brain that controls muscle tone. As a result, symptoms include increased muscle tone, reduced muscle tone, or a combination of the two (fluctuating tone). Which parts of their bodies are affected by the abnormal muscle tone depends upon where the brain damage occurs.

There are three main types of Cerebral Palsy:

We can help you learn more about the types of CP and understand how your life, as well as your child and family’s life will change. We also have the resources, support and legal information to help you make your child’s life better during the first few months after diagnosis and for years to come. Please use the contact form to the right if you think a medical mistake made during delivery resulted in your child’s brain injury and our team will respond if the doctor feels a delivery mistake was the primary cause.