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How Does Cerebral Palsy Affect Communication?

Communication is something we often take for granted, but for children with cerebral palsy, it can present a huge challenge for both the child and the parent/carer.

Because cerebral palsy affects so many different parts of how we communicate, from our speech to our body language, it can have a huge effect on how we connect with others.  When this is the case, it is vital that families find ways to keep thoughts, feelings and information flowing through different methods.

How does CP affect communication?

The level of a child’s communication problems largely depends on how much damage has been caused to the brain.

Cerebral palsy can affect a child’s ability to communicate in a number of many ways. Some of which may include:

  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulty hearing
  • Controlling body language
  • Controlling facial expressions
  • Delays in understanding language
  • Reduced movements
  • Inability to make gestures


These are all essential parts of communication, making it hard for children to express themselves, and be understood by others.


There are a number of ways you can help your child to overcome problems with communication, and as a child develops so do the options for improved communication. Some things you want to try may include:

  • Speech & language therapy
  • Sign language
  • Manual communication boards
  • Augmentative communication devices
  • Electronic keyboards
  • iPads/iPhones


Parents have more options than ever when it comes to helping their children communicate, so take advantage of therapies and devices available to you.

We understand that many children with cerebral palsy go on to lead full, meaningful, and happy lives. The team of parents, caregivers, and health practitioners have the responsibility to help the child achieve this goal.

If you believe that your child has cerebral palsy as a result of medical negligence it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. You can call Express Solicitors on 0161 904 4660 to obtain advice from a specialist solicitor who will discuss the case with you and provide you with confidential advice on the options available to you.

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