About Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and posture. It is a permanent life-long condition, but generally does not worsen over time. It is due to injury to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

This information is provided to help people with cerebral palsy and their families make decisions about suitable interventions. It has been developed using the best research evidence combined with the expertise of clinicians and people with cerebral palsy and their families.

Assessments are used to understand the types and severity of cerebral palsy, to assist with planning interventions and to measure the outcomes or effectiveness of interventions and therapies (outcome measures).

To assist people living with cerebral palsy, parents, carers, allied health and medical practitioners we have developed Cerebral Palsy Treatment Guides that provide information based on the latest research evidence from our Cerebral Palsy Research Institute and across the world about the interventions that are most effective.

In response to the needs of young people, families and clinicians across the world, international clinical practice guidelines have been developed to support children and young people with cerebral palsy to achieve their goals and improve their capacity to participate in important life activities.