The Cerebral Palsy Blog

February 03, 2016

Pediatric studies have championed the importance of play, with international organizations as large as the United Nations declaring play a right of every child. Children with special needs can struggle with play due to limits in mobility, dexterity, verbalization and more. As play has been tied to the ability of...

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February 01, 2016

Family meals can be a hard thing to come by nowadays. Parents are consistently running around trying to get ready for the next thing or eating on the go to make it to the next activity on time. Family dinners create the perfect time to involve children and promotes development. Sitting down and actually eating with family can have many benefits and can bring the family together.

Family meals create cohesion and brings everyone closer together. There are not a lot of opportunities...

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January 25, 2016

As we all know and have experienced, children can be picky eaters, especially when it comes to healthy food. Nutrition is important for children as they grow and it is crucial that they get all the nutrients they need. Figuring out how to make healthy eating easier can be a challenge and different tips work for different children. Since we know every child and situation is different, we put together a list of 5 ways to make healthy eating easier in hopes that a couple may work for your child.

First and foremost, being a role model when it comes to eating is the most powerful tip. Children’s “...

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January 19, 2016

Cooking is a great way to spend some one-on-one time with your child, especially since we know how hectic parenthood can be. We also can’t forget sensory. Cooking creates textures, smells, and different tastes that can enhance your child’s learning experience (cooking can create great ways to learn). We realize parents don’t have a lot of time to spare on cooking so we found 3 quick recipes that children can help with. Note: as with all of our other cooking suggestions, be sure that your child’s diet can handle any of the ingredients included; please speak with a doctor before trying ‘anything new’ that we may suggest.

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January 11, 2016

If you live in an area that gets cold when the calendar changes, you likely know plenty of people who are planning a winter getaway this year. As a parent of a child with special needs, though, you may think that there are not many options for planning your own escape from winter’s reach. We’re happy to report this is not necessarily the case and that there may be some excellent options for vacation available to your family!

Still at the planning phase of your vacation? How about some ideas of wheelchair and accessibility-focused destinations! Friendship Circle has...

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January 06, 2016

Being a parent can be difficult. When your child has special needs, this role takes on a whole new meaning. Taking action in not only providing your child the best care and assistance possible to limit the impact of CP is a monumental undertaking, making each day, start to finish, a job in and of itself. While parents often focus those precious moments not only caring for the child, but also looking for ways to improve that care, it’s also critical that parents look to take care of themselves. Doing so paves the way for providing a stronger you to help your child, as well as ensuring that critical structures your child will rely upon stay...

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January 04, 2016

Technology makes life so much easier and can be helpful for children with Cerebral Palsy. There are millions of apps out there that are designed for special needs children, but a majority of them cost a good amount of money. It can be time consuming to sort through apps to find ones that are free and no parent really has the time for that. We found 5 FREE apps that may help your child with Cerebral Palsy and might lessen the time spend searching for free apps.

Crazy Copy Games. This app includes four memory games for your child. They are...

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December 29, 2015

Depending upon where you live in the United States, changes in the seasons can be radically different when it comes to how your daily life is impacted. Where some may see snowfall and treacherous roads, families in the South may only need to bundle up more and spend less time outdoors. The special needs community is one that can be significantly impacted by a change in the seasons. Whether related to new costs and challenges or general inconveniences that are more evident due to special needs, a shift in the weather to the colder side may be adversely affecting your family. With these challenges in mind, we have put together five quick...

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December 28, 2015

We spend so much time and energy cooking meals. We even spend a lot of time in grocery stores and planning our meals for the week. Children want to be involved in cooking and they like helping out in the kitchen. In the last couple months, we have had several posts with recipes, tips and even utensils that can help you involve your special needs child in cooking. We hope this overview can get your mind stirring again and help you find ways to include your child in the cooking process.

Seasons present many flavors, smells, and shapes that can be incorporated with cooking. Fall is just one of these seasons. It can be easy to use...

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December 23, 2015

MyChild, part of www.cerebralpalsy.org network of assistance, is dedicated to helping children living with Cerebral Palsy, as well as their parents. Beyond our extensive website, we have amassed a wide assortment of resources and information related to assistance for children with Cerebral Palsy. As this information continues to change over time, the best way to access help available for families just like yours is by calling 800-692-4453!

What types of Cerebral Palsy help are available to parents who call us? Information the MyChild care team provides to hundreds of families daily include...

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