The Cerebral Palsy Blog

August 23, 2016

Q: What do Alanis Morissette, David Hasselhoff, Oprah, Regis Philbin, Cynthia Nixon, and Robin Roberts all have in common? A: Yes, it’s true that they’re all celebrities, but what’s more is they’re all celebrities who have made donations to the United Cerebral Palsy charity.

It is crucial to raise public awareness of Cerebral Palsy for many reasons, including to fund research efforts and to help educate the population at large. Effective publicity may also...

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Tags: cerebral palsy, celebrities, advocates, RJ Mitte, elena delle donne
August 22, 2016

WNBA basketball extraordinaire Elena Delle Donne, recently representing Team USA in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, traces her inspiration to her older sister, Lizzie. Lizzie is blind, deaf, autistic, and has Cerebral Palsy.  But more importantly, Lizzie is Delle Donne’s role model, and Delle Donne credits Lizzie’s determination in life to have fueled her own, both on and off the basketball court.  As a dominant WNBA player and 2016 Olympian, Delle Donne’s...

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Tags: advocates, support, family, elena delle donne, inspiration
August 17, 2016

The most valuable offering CerebralPalsy.org provides the CP community is the significant free resources and live help the MyChild Care Team offers. Beyond that, though, we like to believe our extensive site content has prominent value. We don’t blame anyone who isn’t able to cut through Google’s clutter and find great Cerebral Palsy information to help your family. Whether through our pages or blog, we touch on a wide range of help and valuable material around Cerebral Palsy. However, we also want to put the great collection of Cerebral Palsy...

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Tags: websites, information, help, mychild, cerebral palsy
August 16, 2016

The reality is that many children with Cerebral Palsy are born via C-Section. Complications during a pregnancy can be one of many factors that requires a mother to forego a natural birth and instead deliver via C-Section. Whether a Cesarean was pre-planned or required due to circumstances during the pregnancy or in the delivery room, C-Section recovery can be a difficult process. We  suggest the following for new moms looking  to recover and move on after this difficult surgery.

C-Section Recovery Tips

While we would defer to any attending physician when...

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Tags: c-section, cerebral palsy, pregnancy, parenting, health
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August 15, 2016

Therapy can be a tough time for a young child. Due to activities that are at times painful and/or boring, some children resist going to their therapy sessions and don’t enjoy their time there. Aqua therapy may be an option for some children with special needs and it won’t even feel like therapy. Children who love the water may enjoy going to their session. Many people don’t think of aqua therapy when they hear the word “therapy,” but it can have many benefits. To inform you about aqua therapy and to share the benefits, we created this post so you can decide whether aqua...

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Tags: aqua therapy, therapy, early intervention, physical therapy, cerebral palsy
August 11, 2016

First and foremost an important disclaimer: we’re not marriage counselors. We note this because the information we provide on topics like this is merely intended to be a bridge to information you can obtain from others with more specialized qualifications, and is not based on our own expertise.  That said, anyone who is or has ever been married can vouch for the fact that each marriage is different and that the unique individuals involved can face extremely...

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Tags: parenting, marriage, cerebral palsy, advice, tips
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August 09, 2016

Every relationship is hard, and the challenges of co-parenting can increase the amount of stress on a marriage. When a child has special needs, like Cerebral Palsy, additional issues can arise out of whom primarily carries the burden and the different ways each parent handles the emotions involved. It is a sad truth that couples of children with special needs face a much higher divorce rate than the rest of the married population. While the exact rate still appears to be unclear, it’s an important topic that we felt needs to be addressed.

Divorce in Families...

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Tags: divorce, parenting, relationships, cerebral palsy, autism
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August 08, 2016

Children with special needs, including Cerebral Palsy (“CP”), can be greatly limited by what toys they are able to use and enjoy. Symptoms associated with CP can become a significant barrier to using toys that children at the same age level are able to use. This is why small toys, particularly figurines, can be extremely important for parents as they represent a ‘statue’ or standing hero image, while also being simple to grasp. The popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon show appearing on Nickelodeon has blind bags for sale that keep the toy inside...

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Tags: toys, advocacy, parenting, cerebral palsy, special needs
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August 05, 2016

Everyone knows that advances in technology happen every day. Whether it’s the newest iPhone model or high-resolution television, something unique and exciting seems right around the corner.  But exciting technological advances are not limited to phone or television products – there are plenty of pioneering breakthroughs happening right now that aim to benefit those with Cerebral Palsy! Here are just three examples of high tech iinnovations that can impact future generations living with Cerebral Palsy to get you up to speed on what the buzz is about:

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Tags: research, technology, eye gaze, robotics, brain imaging
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August 03, 2016

Life with Cerebral Palsy can be very frustrating and sometimes it can be significantly important to get a little pick-me-up to keep from getting discouraged. There are many ups and downs in life and we all could use some inspiration to keep us headed in the right direction. Since we love sharing good stories, we found 10 inspiring stories about Cerebral Palsy. With each of these stories, we do not look to highlight the condition but, instead, the mentality and effort put forth by children, families and communities to get past Cerebral Palsy and change lives.

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Tags: inspiration, stories, advocacy, community, cerebral palsy
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