Can children with cerebral palsy ever walk?

Everyone with cerebral palsy is impacted differently even if two people have the exact same diagnosis how that manifests itself in day to day life can be very different from the next person.

cerebral palsy toddler walking

I love watching the excitement of young kids with disabilities when they learn they can do something new for themselves walking at that age is often running regardless if they use a walker of some sort or not, there is a new found excitement and freedom when they start to be able to move on their own

cerebral palsy walking

Some kids with cerebral palsy start off learning to walk on their own or with a device such as a walker and that is exciting and with age the excitement eventually all together wears off in my opinion especially as it gets more physically difficult because you grow and get bigger

cerebral palsy walking gait

Fact is people with cerebral palsy have a unique gait

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Are you able to walk unassisted have you ever been able to or do you use a device to help you walk?

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to Can children with cerebral palsy ever walk?

  1. Lisa Landry says:

    When I was younger, after my surgeries I used a walker but now at 55 I walk alone. Last week I started PT because neurologist wanted me to be evaluated for fall risk. I am at medium. They said my ligaments that were lengthened at a young age as tightened and its why my gait is so off. I do not use any device to walk.

  2. I am in my early 30s and for the most part I walk unaided. However, when I know the terrain is challenging (not flat) or I am pursuing long distances (like the marathon I did in 2017), I will use my cane for assistance.

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