A friend of mine with cerebral palsy gave me this analogy. Imagine how difficult it would be to run backwards. This is the same for people with cerebral palsy trying to move forwards. The more we try and concentrate, the slower our brains work.
I never understood why if I do too much, my brain periodically switches off. The physical signs associated with cerebral palsy are clear, but to the untrained eye, we appear to think in the same way as everyone else.
However, we are cross-wired mentally and emotionally. My neurologist has confirmed in several discussions that my brain has rewired itself to compensate for my birth injury, and as a consequence it is cross-wired.
Because of a lack of research on cerebral palsy, there isn’t a lot of information out there and although that makes it frustrating for others who have to work around our limitations, it is always harder for us.