The Cerebral Palsy Blog

October 24, 2016

Video games. Just mentioning these two words is sometimes all it takes to pique the interest of kids, teenagers, and adults alike. With Xbox, Playstation, Wii, and the vast panoply of gaming options, never has there been a better time for those who enjoy a good video game.

Therapy. Just mentioning that word can often distress or at least disinterest those who undergo it. And living with Cerebral Palsy means that therapy is likely a part of life. This is why enhancement therapies like video game therapy are so important—they offer exciting ways to do two...

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Tags: video games, entertainment, technology, therapy, cerebral palsy
October 20, 2016

Falling leaves, pumpkin carving, crisp breezes, plaid shirts, and apple cider—all indications that autumn has arrived. October 31st is just around the corner, and many kids will be dressing up as zombies, bumblebees, princesses, favorite characters, ghosts, and other Halloween favorites. It’s fun to pretend to be someone (or something) else and let the imagination run wild, all in the name of exploring the community and returning home with a pillowcase full of snacks. Many kids with Cerebral Palsy or other mobility conditions will be trick-or-treating from...

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October 19, 2016

It won’t be long until those multicolored leaves become topped with fresh sheets of winter snow.  Winter is coming, and with it, a host of icy hazards to be aware of, especially for wheelchair users.  But do not be deterred—travelling around and staying social in winter is encouraged!

The winter can sometimes instill a sense of anxiety in wheelchair users about their safety while venturing out into harsh conditions.  In turn, this can lead to a stay-at-home commitment that can isolate those who use wheelchairs from valuable social opportunities.  So while staying...

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Tags: winter, wheelchair, safety, parenting, preparation
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October 11, 2016

Sometimes, the best part of watching sports is not the sport itself, but the colorful commentary behind and between plays. Whether we are aware of it or not, we tend to suture together sport and the voice behind it, making for one unified event, familiar in its play-by-play personality yet unpredictable in content and result. And one voice among broadcasters is particularly special, if not for its smooth, assuring tenor, or its sports IQ, or its signature humor—then for the man behind it.

Jason Benetti is a...

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Tags: baseball, cerebral palsy, MLB, sports
September 22, 2016

The much anticipated Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games, featuring athletes from more than 170 nations, began September 7th and came to a close September 18th. That’s twelve days jam-packed with exciting competition that showcased the culmination of tireless training by countrymen and countrywomen from around the world. Of course, all Olympians are top athletes competing on the world stage, but unlike the standard Olympian, Paralympians transcend ordinary...

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Tags: paralympics, sports, tennis, archery, cycling
September 21, 2016

Many people with Cerebral Palsy have associated speech challenges, sometimes requiring computer assistance in order to communicate by voice. For those with severe enough difficulties, text-to-speech computer assistance can change lives and is a revolutionary communication enabler. However, the number of voice options from which to choose are quite small, and the result is a kind of “one voice fits all” scenario where little girls and grown men alike share an audibly indistinguishable voice. This describes the unfortunate mismatch between person and voice that many who...

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Tags: voice, software, technology, cerebral palsy, rupal patel
September 20, 2016

The Paralympics movement celebrated another successful year in Rio de Janeiro as throngs of athletes vied for medals in fierce and exciting competition. With the Summer Games now in the books, the results are in; and what a great source of inspiration they are for those with Cerebral Palsy. Though athletes with various disabilities are eligible to compete in the Paralympic Games, a common one among Paralympians is Cerebral Palsy. But it isn’t just athletes in the Rio Paralympics who are making a difference and working toward changing public perception for the better...

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Tags: cerebral palsy, paralympics, RJ Mitte, sports
September 15, 2016

Among the many physical therapy options available for those with Cerebral Palsy, one of the most popular is aquatic intervention. Optimizing movement and function are central in bringing out the full potential and independence of someone with Cerebral Palsy, and swimming exercises can help do just that. Like other therapies for those with Cerebral Palsy, aquatic therapy is an attractive option for two reasons: first, because of the well-established therapeutic benefits, and second, because being in the water is a great all-in-one way to have fun, exercise, and socialize...

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Tags: swimming, cerebral palsy, therapy, exercise, aquatic therapy
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September 13, 2016

A shocking new report from the Houston Chronicle reveals some very important information about how Texas schools have blocked special education for children with special needs. All to keep at an arbitrary 8.5% enrollment level, saving the state billions at the cost of children.

It’s infuriating to read, to say the least. Take a deep breath, then click here to read the Chronicle’s in-depth and exceptional piece.

We avoid summarizing anything found in the article in our own words to avoid taking credit...

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Tags: cerebral palsy, special needs, special education, texas, advocacy
September 12, 2016

Time can be hard to come by in this day and age. Even as technology increases our ability to find and do so much, it can be easy to feel like you are under a pressure cooker with so many things going on. Whether you are an advocate or your child has been recently diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, it is completely understandable to feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn to better understand this condition.

In order to provide you a quick walk-through of Cerebral Palsy so that you can feel a bit more equipped, we have created a brief roadmap to get you started...

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Tags: information, guide, support, cerebral palsy, advocacy
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