Originally Posted by Tammymc
My 18 month old has just been diagnosed with mild Hemiplegic CP. I am so lost right now and don't know what to do. He has just recently started pulling himself to a standing position and cruising and doing the army crawl. I am so confused as to what the future holds for him. Will he walk? will he run/ will he learn like the other kids in school. Was anybody out there born with this like my son? How has this affected your life to date? Please help!!!
I was diagnosed with mild hemi when I was 6 months old. I learned to walk unsupported when I was 19 months old. Your child's development seems a bit slower. Has he got any physiotherapy? He should.
I've read that nearly 100% of hemi children learn to walk and run, though most will have a limp. But it's very possible that your child will never learn to skate or ride a bicycle.
Some hemi children have additional disabilities beside the hemiplegia, for example learning difficulties. So it's difficult to say if your child will learn in a normal way. His intelligence and cognitive/perceptual abilities should be tested.
Mild hemiplegia in itself is not such a big deal, it's more just a nuisance. But additional disabilities can cause more trouble. Anyway, it's best to remember the old saying about the glass being half-full vs. half-empty. Concentrate on your son's strengths, don't make him feel pity for himself.