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Young Cerebral Palsy Patient Models for Clothing Company

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

It isn't often that you see children who suffer from cerebral palsy get a chance to shine in the media. One young girl, who suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy however is being spotlighted as she spearheads a campaign for a major clothing retailer.

Holly Greenhow is seven years old, and suffers from cerebral palsy. She recently became the first young cerebral palsy to model for British retailer Boden. It wasn't a chance meeting with a talent scout that landed Holly this gig. Her grandmother insisted that her mother take Holly along for a casting call for Boden. The mother was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from the company asking Holly to participate in the production of their latest online catalogue.

Holly suffers from cerebral palsy caused as a result of severe oxygen deprivation at birth. She is confined to a wheelchair. She does understand everything that is being said to her, but is unable to speak herself. She has only recently begun to speak using an eye-controlled computer. This is fairly common for cerebral palsy patients. According to statistics, approximately 50% of all patients who suffer from cerebral palsy, suffer from some type of speech-related disorder.

Not all patients with cerebral palsy suffer from the same type of speech impediment. Often, such speech-related disorders are linked to the type of the cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and level of gross motor function impairment. A study conducted last year found that speech disorders are much more common among children who have suffered bilateral palsy. The study also found that speech abnormalities in patients with cerebral palsy, are linked to cognitive ability and gross motor function. Both of these functions seem to be markedly reduced in patients who have no speech abnormalities.