The Cerebral Palsy Blog

January 13, 2017

Valentine’s Day is next month and it’s never too early to start thinking ahead of schedule. It’s a favorite day among romantics young and old. It is a day full of adoration and appreciation. Some children will enjoy this day by passing out Valentine’s Day cards and candy hearts out at school. School doesn’t have to be the only place where they get to celebrate this holiday. Have your own celebration at home this February 14th. Would you like to bring the fun home but don’t know where to start? We make it easy on you with these ideas and crafts.

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Tags: crafts, art, valentine's day, cooking
January 09, 2017

A lot of families do not look forward to winter. The change in weather brings change in living conditions.  Roads can become dangerous and the frigid temperatures can keep you from wandering outside in some parts of the country. With less time outside and more time inside, changes in your energy usage can fluctuate as often as the weather. When winter hits, energy and heating costs tend to go through the roof. Making small changes can add up to big savings. Here are some energy saving tips you can use this winter to keep your bills low while keeping your family warm....

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Tags: assistance, winter, heating, energy
January 06, 2017

Do you think your child might have Cerebral Palsy and want to know what to look for?  Recognizing the first signs and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy is the first step in getting your child the proper help and care they need. Don’t let your questions or concerns go unanswered. Talk to a doctor right away if you suspect your child might have Cerebral Palsy. A doctor can point you on the right path for an Early Intervention program so your child can lead a better and more fulfilled life. When treatment is not started early, it can limit your child’s recovery.

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Tags: symptoms, signs, early intervention, milestones, diagnosis
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January 04, 2017

Nutrition is a key essential to living a happy and healthy life. However, with a busy lifestyle some children might be missing out on the nutrition they need to be their very best.  Children with Cerebral Palsy tend to require more time to eat than others. When you are only allotted a certain amount of time, like at lunch time at school or a rushed dinner between errands, children may miss out on being able to eat the proper amount of food and nutrients needed to survive.  Here are some ways that you can ensure that your child is getting everything they need.

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Tags: nutrition, health, eating, food
December 28, 2016

Plan a safe and fun NYE for yourself and the kids. Stay off the roads and have your own celebration at home! These five ideas will ensure a festive night without breaking the bank. Being in the comfort of your home will give you a rest after the busy holiday season and will let you share some one-on-one time with your children before they head back to school.

 

Time Capsule

A great way to teach...

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Tags: new year, crafts, holidays
December 21, 2016

As the holidays are quickly approaching, some may be left scratching their heads trying to figure out great toys to give to their favorite little girl or boy. Here is a list of affordable gifts you can give this season.

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Tags: gifts, sensory, craft
December 16, 2016

The winter months can be long and boring. Especially if you're stuck inside when the weather gets too bad to venture out. Keep the kids entertained with these five ideas.

Dream Board

Dream Boards are a great way to strike up inspiration when the weather has you down. This activity will also spark conversations about your children’s interests, hopes and dreams.

Supplies you will need:

1. Magazines
2. Poster board
3. Scissors
4. Glue or Tape

Gather kid friendly magazines:

Go through the magazines...

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Tags: crafts, winter, activities
November 21, 2016

The holidays are the busiest travel time of the year. While many people look to fly to cut down on time, most are forced to get behind the wheel for some time to spend time with friends and family. Having a child with special needs can make some families feel extra concerned about their holiday travels but significant planning can help in this process. We hope to make it less hard on yourself and your child with these six tips for car rides over the holidays.

Plan Your Stops

Make a timetable of when and where you will stop along the way....

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November 17, 2016

In the United States a whopping 2.2 million people depend on a wheelchair for day-to-day tasks and mobility. Yet, there are still an enormous amount of places that limit accessibility for wheelchair users.  When it comes to parks and recreational areas this denies extreme safety and learning privileges.

            Zoos and Aquariums offer many benefits to families and children. Children get to explore and learn about wonderful new environments and animals. It sparks curiosity and engages new conversations. A child's face lights up when they are able to see these...

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Tags: traveling, vacation
November 04, 2016

Unfortunately, bullying exists.  Bullying is a problem for many youngsters in social settings, but those with disabilities face additional challenges.  And responding to bullying can be difficult for both the victim and parents alike.  While those with disabilities like Cerebral Palsy may be at a higher risk for bullying, this does not mean that this should be accepted without action.  There are proactive measures available that can address such cruel harassment.  We’ve compiled a...

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Tags: advice, bullying
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