The Cerebral Palsy Blog

April 16, 2017

Special needs parents are often disappointed when they find out their child cannot participate in the normal holiday activities.  Everyone deserves a chance to join in on the holiday fun. With our simple tips, you can make this holiday accessible for your child so you can relax and enjoy the time spent with your loved ones. Whether that is planning your child’s Easter meal or getting pictures taken with the big fluffy Easter bunny make this special time fit everyone’s needs.  Before you hit the road or ham this holiday season, make sure you have everything planned out...

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Tags: easter, accessibility
April 11, 2017

As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. We hope that these spring crafts brighten up you and your loved one’s day. Listed below we have two different crafts that you can do with your child. One is an umbrella suncatcher and the other is a handprint butterfly. Each activity has two different versions, an entry version and a more advanced version. Look through the crafts to find one that best suits you and your child. 

Umbrella Suncatcher

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Tags: crafts, spring
April 07, 2017

Spring Cleaning and CP: Donations, Saving Items and More!
Spring is here and it is the perfect time to get your house in tip-top shape! A good spring cleaning is not only splendid in the sense that you will have a tidy home but it also has many other beneficial factors. Being more organized can reduce stress on you and your family. Donating items can help someone out in need while breaking a sweat as well. Cleaning is great physical exercise and helps release endorphins in your brains that increases happiness. Listed below are four useful spring...

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Tags: spring cleaning, organizing
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April 05, 2017

The first step in spreading awareness about special needs is properly educating people on the topic. You can do this by engaging your local community by getting parents, friends and your child’s classmates involved. When you spread awareness, you can help stop misconceptions and start working to help bettering the lives of people with disabilities. Get together with your loved ones and plan on ways you can help. If you are having trouble coming up with some ideas, this blog will offer some easy ways that you do to get more people involved in your cause.

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Tags: special needs, awareness, advocacy
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April 03, 2017

 

Horse therapy can be an effective way to help neurological and physical functions. Horse therapy also known as hippotherapy, has been known to help people with not only Cerebral Palsy but also intellectual disabilities, language disorders and sensory processing disorders. For some children, it is an excellent form of treatment. It has been known to have much greater benefits than traditional therapy in a clinical setting. This is because of the constant rhythmic movement and the warm atmosphere that a clinical setting cannot bring to a child.

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Tags: horse therapy, hippo therapy, cerebral palsy, therapy, speech therapy
March 30, 2017

When you are a more restful parent, you are a better a parent. Stress can take a major toll on the body which can grow to major health concerns. When you are a parent of a special needs child, you need to be sure you can be there for them and help them in any way possible. The first thing you can do to make sure you can be all that you can be for your child is to take care of yourself. We share five easy ways you can simplify your life so you can be a more restful parent for yourself and your family.

Plan Ahead
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Tags: parenting, relaxation
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March 29, 2017

Everyone deserves a night to shine and a young woman was given that chance when she was able to dress up like a princess and dance the night away this past month. Kaylyn McBride attended the Night to Shine prom in Columbus, Georgia. The young woman has Cerebral Palsy and is also dependent on a wheelchair. However, she did not let that stop her from enjoying herself on her special night where she was surrounded by people just like her who understands her journey. Night to Shine has everything a real prom has to offer but is specially catered to fit the needs of people...

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Tags: Night To Shine, cerebral palsy
March 28, 2017

Research has estimated that there is over 15 million people living with food allergies in America. Some of these food allergies can be small and others can be life threatening. When you are a parent of a child that has food allergies, it’s your job to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. Having a child that is sensitive when it comes to the dinner table doesn’t have to be all that scary. With careful planning and preparation, you can make sure your child is getting the proper nutrition they need at home, school and around the town while having fun.

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Tags: Allergy-Sensitive, food allergies, cooking
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March 25, 2017

There is a very special day at the end of March that should be marked on the calendar of every parent of a child that lives with Cerebral Palsy. The day of March 25th is noteworthy because it’s National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day and everyone should participate. A lot of outsiders have heard of Cerebral Palsy but several know little about...

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Tags: cerebral palsy, awareness
March 21, 2017

Everyone can have a rough day now and then. If your child is having a hard day, it can feel like the end of the world to them. The best way to get them out of a funk is to practice healthy coping strategies. They can help your child escape from the problem for a little while and get a better hold on their emotions. So they can take on their problems and their day clearly. Spending time with your loved one while having them practice these coping techniques is a great way for the both of you to get a better handle of the situation.

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Tags: cerebral palsy, coping, relaxation
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