Cerebral (brain) palsy (weakness) is an unchanging motor/movement disorder of early childhood.
Cerebral palsy is actually a group of disorders that are characterized by problems with movement, balance, and posture. Since this is a neurological disorder, the symptoms of cerebral palsy result from injury to the areas of the brain that affect motor function. These injuries can occur at any point during pregnancy, birth, or in early childhood. In most cases, the injury occurs during birth or shortly after birth in premature babies who experience spontaneous bleeding in the white matter of the brain. The white matter is the tissue in the brain that conducts electrical signals and connects all of the brain cells (gray matter) to each other. It is similar to telephone lines that connect all of our homes to each other. The white matter in which this bleeding typically occurs are the connecting tracts that carry the electric signals sent by large brain cells to our muscles.