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Cerebral Palsy (CP)

What is Cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of conditions that affect movement and co-ordination. These conditions are often caused by a problem with the brain that occurs before, during or soon after birth. The symptoms normally become noticeable during the first two or three years of a child’s life. Symptoms can include delays in reaching development milestones (eg: not sitting by eight months or not walking by 18 months), seeming to be too stiff or too floppy, weak arms or legs, fidgety, jerky or clumsy movements, random uncontrolled movements, walking on tip-toes, difficulties with swallowing, speech issues, vision problems, and learning disabilities. The severity of these symptoms vary greatly.

Find out more about Cerebral palsy (CP) here.

How we can help

At Able2 Wear, many of our customers with Cerebral palsy are wheelchair users and the design of our wheelchair trousers and other garments is ideal for them, as they need the comfort of having trousers that don’t droop at the back, have longer legs, and if they wear incontinent pads the roomy seat is very accommodating. Alternatively, if they are independent in personal care, the drop front version of the trousers and shorts are ideal for easy access. We also offer a range of easy to manage trousers for those who have difficulty with zips and fastenings.

People with poor manual dexterity also find our specially adapted wheelchair fleece capes easy to wear as they include stud fastenings, and the ponchos simply pull on over the head. Sometimes people with poor muscle control can dribble a little so we have developed a neckerchief which looks like a scarf and is designed to lie in small folds to catch the dribble and wick it away into the absorbent cotton. Meanwhile the fine fleece backing keeps the damp cotton off clothing.