I am just wondering if there is anyone out there with Cerebral Palsy who can relate to sensory problems as well. If there is I would love to hear from you. It’s common for people like myself who have Cerebral Palsy to experience abnormal sensation and perception, but these are the things I’m having to work through for the first time.
Although this is something I have experienced my whole life, I have only really been able to make sense of it since my Cerebral Palsy was diagnosed in my forties and through more research. The source is the Central Nervous System damage. Unfortunately, no two people with Cerebral Palsy can experience exactly the same sensory problems, because different parts of the brain are affected.
Cerebral Palsy Sensory Problems and Children
It’s also common for children with Cerebral Palsy to have visual and hearing problems. This is different from having a physical inability that prevents someone being able to hear or see things. When a child has a visual processing deficit, it means that they have a hard time finding the words for objects they are viewing.
If a child is asked to go and get an object, they might look at it and then say they can’t find it. This is because they are seeing it, but their brains are not processing what’s in front of them. Similarly hearing integration problems are the same, the child hears what you say but the brain does not process what it hears simultaneously.
Indeed it may take several minutes for what you have said to click with the child and make sense. They may not get back what you’ve said but what the brain interprets. With little help out there and with our Cerebral Palsy symptoms differing, it’s very hard for others to accept this is what we genuinely have to deal with on a daily basis.
People find it difficult to understand how Cerebral Palsy can affect us in these ways and in my experience I am not sure others truly ever grasp this is what we have to deal with.