A CP Glossary

Being a minority of a minority people come to me all the time for advice, suggestions, etc. I know a lot about CP because I’ve sought it out, partly because people were seeing me as some sort of expert, but I’m not really. It’s hard to boil everything down to one page for the newly diagnosed when Cerebral Palsy is also unique to the individual. However, I received a comment to create a glossary for readers of terms that I often will use an acronym rather than spell out. I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of them but here are the very basics.

Cerebral Palsy Related Terms

CP- Cerebral Palsy

GMFCS- Gross Motor Function Classification System

SDR- Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

PT- Physical Therapy

OT- Occupational Therapy

ST- Speech Therapy

SpEd- Special Education

IEP/504- Individual Education Plan

Physiatry (or PM&R)- A specialist of non-surgical physical medicine for people who have been disabled

Orthotist- A maker/fitter of orthotics (bracing)

AFO- Ankle Foot Orthotics

KAFO- Knee Ankle Foot Orthotics

SMO- Supra Malleolar Orthosis

DAFO- Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthotics

Monoplegia- One limb effected

Hemiplegia- One side of the body, usually two limbs, are effected

Quadriplegia- Effects all four limbs of the body

Diplegia-Effects the lower body

Triplegia- Effects three limbs of the body

SLP- Speech Language Pathologist

AAC- Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Other Useful Terms

CF- Cystic Fibrosis

SB- Spina Bifida

DS- Down Syndrome

LD- Learning Disability

EDS- Ehlers–Danlos Syndrome

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