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cerebral palsy

Hi there,
My 3 year old grandaughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth due to prematurity.  She does recieve therapy and is slowing learning new skills.  The major problem we have is her screaming.  She can be just playing and start yelling really loud or a shrill scream.  Last night I took her shopping and she will be just sitting in the cart and scream as loud as she can.  sometimes it seems like a game because she will then start to laugh.  I'm not sure it they are some kind of seizures or not.  It's like she can not control this outburst. She also does it when when she is home.  She can be fine one mintue and then scream for what seems hours.  Is there any help out there?  We could sure use any suggestions.  She does not seem to be in any pain and she is not on any meds.  Thanks for any help you can give.
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Hi, seems like your little girl is unable to express herself or communicate and so she is using screaming to tell you what she wants or to get your attention. If possible, you should seek help and advice from a speech therapist in your area.
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Hi. Children with cerebral palsy can also develop tantrums similar to normal toddlers. Your child use screaming to let you know that she is tired, afraid, hungry or thirsty. Screaming children may also be more likely to have temper tantrums if parents react too strongly to difficult behavior or give in to the child's demands.

Parents can help by making an effort to manage the environment so that your child will be more comfortable with their child’s needs and space. Some experts suggest that ignoring tantrums and helping your child learn how to handle and express anger and frustration can be effective ways in dealing offending behaviors.  In addition, paying attention to what triggers tantrums can help you act before your child's emotions escalate beyond the point where she can control them. This is very important in cerebral palsy, as some tantrum behaviors may be confused with malingering.

To learn how behavioral disorders should be properly addressed, you may ask a support group or a behavioral therapist.  Hope this helps.
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