Cerebral Palsy History Timeline

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. About I in 323 children are diagnosed each year. Although more than likely, cerebral palsy has been around for years, it was not until the 19th century that cerebral palsy was given a name. Here are some key events in cerebral palsy history.


1810- Dr. William John Little is credited with first identifying spastic diplegia is born.

1836- Louis Stromeyer corrects John Little’s club foot. This discovery begins a career in understanding and treating childhood impairments.

1843- Dr. William John Little begins lecturing on spastic ridgity.

1853. Dr. William John Little publishes On the Nature and Treatment of the Deformities of the Human Frame.

1861- Dr. William John Little establishes the classic definition of spastic cerebral palsy.

1889- William Osler, one of the founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital, wrote the book, Cerebral Palsies of Children

1937- Herbert A. Everest and Harry Jennings Sr., built a lightweight collapsible wheelchair.

1937- The Children’s Rehabilitation Insitute is founded by Dr. Winthrope Phelps specializing in children with cerebral palsy.

1897- Dr. Freud states cerebral palsy may be caused by fetal development

1946- Cerebral Palsy of New York State founded by parents of children with cerebral palsy.

1948- United Cerebral Palsy is incorporated.

1949- United Cerebral Palsy founded by Leonard Goldenson, his wife Isabel, Nina Eaton and Jack and Ethel Hausman.

2002-  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts first U.S. multi-state study on the prevalence.


August Special Needs Article Links


Welcome to the August links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of August on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

5 ways to help your child with autism be more spontaneous (The Suburban)

9 things people with autism want bullies to know (Autism Speaks)

Avonte settlement won’t heal the pain (Queens Gazette)

Care for Children with epilepsy should be aware of accompany disorders (Epilepsy Research UK)

Children with autism may benefit from weighted backpacks at school (Consumer Affairs)

Finally ADHD is recognized as a disability (West)

Florida Tech program to teach police about autism (WFTV9)

Helping students with autism make the back-to-school transition (Autism Speaks)

How to tell a skeptical souse your child has a sensory processing disorder (Integrated Learning Strategies)

Resources for creating sensory-diets (Growing Hands on Kids)

This non-speaking teenager wrote an incredibly profound letter explaining autism (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Tips for flying with children with autism (Autism Cruises)

Understanding the history and pervasive myths around autism (Mind/Shift)

What are the signs of sensory processing disorder? (The Sensory Spectrum)

Why we are proud to have autism (Independent)

22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Resources


22q.11.2 deletion syndrome, is a rare disorder that is caused by a deletion in chromosome 22 located specifically in the middle of the chromosome in the area referred to as q.11.2. This syndromes affects 1 out of 4000 people and signs and symptoms include, developmental delays, poor muscle tone, learning development, feeding issues and hearing loss.

Similar Names

  • Cayer Cardiofacial Syndrome
  • Conotruncal Anomaly Face Syndrome(CTAF)
  • DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS)
  • Microdeletion 22q11.2
  • Monosomy 22q.11
  • Opitz G/BBB Syndrome
  • Sedlackova Syndrome
  • Shprintzen Syndrome
  • Takao Syndrome
  • Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS)


  • 1955- First appear in medical literature by Dr. Eva Sedlackova who described a number of cases of children with hypernasal speech and reduced facial animations.
  • 1965- Dr. Angelo DiGeorge described congenital absence of the thymus gland in 4 patients.
  • 1968- Dr William Strong reported an association of cardiac abnormalities.
  • 1981- Dr. Shimizu of Japan noticed similarities between patients diagnosed with CTAF and DiGeorge Syndrome
  • 1982- Dr’s Richard Kelley, Elaine Zacker and Beverly Emanuel at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia discovered that some patients had a rearrangement of chromosome 22 thus causing a piece of the long arm (q11.2) to be missing

Associated Conditions

  • cardiac anomalies
  • cleft palate
  • kidney abnormalities
  • language delays
  • learning challenges
  • developmental delays
  • feeding disorders
  • autism
  • adhd

Educational Issues

Areas of Strength
  • Math Calculations
  • Rote Memory
  • Long-Term Memory
  • Computer Skills
  • Hands on Learning
Learning Challenges
  • Poor Working and short term memory
  • Difficulty with math reasoning
  • Difficulty with reading comprehension
  • Fine motor and perceptional skills
Factors Leading to Learning
  • Motivation and attention

  • Intensity

  • Cross training

  • Adapting

Here is a list of resources that provide information on 22q.11.2 deletion syndrome:

Medical Sites

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Genetics Home Reference
Mayo Clinic (DiGeorge Syndrome)
Medscape (DiGeorge Syndrome)
Medscape (VCFS)
Seattle Children’s Hospital
National Organization for Rare Diseases


The International 22q.11.2 Foundation
Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome Educational Foundation
Dempster Family Foundation