It’s finally spring! The sun is starting to shine and it’s a great time to get the children outside. Playing outside gets the children out of the house and a little fresh air is great for the soul. After a while, it may be hard to find things to do outside and you may start finding your children heading back into the house for tv, video games, etc. We understand the problem of running out of outdoor activities so we created a list of options that can keep children going outside over and over again.
Sensory bins hold endless possibilities and most of them can be used outdoors. You can even make your own sensory table for...Read More
The special needs community has seen centuries of improper treatment due to stereotypes, misconceptions and more. Simply due to a birth injury or otherwise unavoidable circumstance, children who are otherwise intellectually capable or advanced are treated horribly due to a stiff arm, a limp, vocal challenges, etc. Advances have taken place in how special needs are approached, with shifts in the law, social norms and more. However, there is still more work to be done and we are motivated to be a part of that change.
One key area in which work still needs to be done is in the realm of the language used to describe those with special...Read More
Judging by the weather outside and depending on where you live, it may seem to be surprising to say that the 2016-2017 school year is fast approaching. While the 2015-2016 school year isn’t even over yet, this is still a critical time in the transition from one grade to the next. Beginning your IEP planning in March and April allows for months to pass while children are still in the current grade level and administrators (and teachers) are perhaps available to meet and discuss the future. There are also other key components that are a possibility that make early IEP planning a big win.
For parents of children who are in transition...Read More
The brain injury causing a child’s Cerebral Palsy diagnosis can present itself in a number of ways. While some children may face physical challenges due to their CP, others can face significant barriers in mental development. As such, there is no surefire suggestion regarding toys for a child with Cerebral Palsy. For those parents whose child has been impacted developmentally by Cerebral Palsy, we do believe that any stigma associated with ‘age recommendations’ should be ignored in favor of good old-fashioned fun. In short, the best toy for a child with Cerebral Palsy is one that brings happiness.
At its core, a toy is meant to be...Read More
A hot topic in any parenting circle is the idea of monitoring a child's Internet activity, assuming of course that your child is able to interact with a computer and the internet. While some parents worry that it infringes upon their child's privacy, others feel it is an important effort to protect their child. There's really no wrong answer because it is an issue that depends heavily upon a parent’s opinion and perspective. However, there are certain areas relating to Internet usage in which the parents of children with special needs can find value in being aware of their child’s activities to avoid significant problems.
One of...Read More
There are so many ideas out there that encourage inspiring your child to achieve success. Whether a child has special needs or not, outlining goals can be an effective way to build self-esteem while reinforcing good behaviors. Making these goals tangible is a topic we’ve discussed before, but we would like to now go one step further in terms of how to highlight the progress that’s been achieved by making a goal board!
First, the idea of creating a board that highlights aspirations and accomplishments is not exactly a new idea. Dream...Read More
Sports represent an important opportunity for any young child due to the valuable lessons of sportsmanship, teamwork, rules and structure that can be provided. Many parents envision their child enjoying the same sports they enjoyed, both as a way to connect and in hopes that a shared joy would emerge. This, unfortunately, is not an option for many children with Cerebral Palsy due to the complications associated with the condition. The good news, though, is that advances in adaptive equipment have made a number of sports more accessible for children with CP. One such sport growing in popularity is Sled Hockey.
What is Sled Hockey...Read More
As many parents have discovered, while their child’s mobility may be limited, their imagination and thoughts can be limitless. While Cerebral Palsy is often based upon a brain injury that took place some time during pregnancy, birth or after delivery, it does not impact every child the same. Just as some children may face limb stiffness, a limb, speech issues, etc., others may have little, if any physical limitations, as opposed to those that may require constant, in-home care. Because CP is a “catch-all” diagnosis for a variety of neurological conditions, it’s difficult to draw direct lines...Read More
Believe it or not, spring holidays are already right around the corner. In the season of fake grass, high-sugar treats and bunny rabbits, it’s natural to want to help your child however you can get into the holiday spirit! With dietary limitations and certain activities perhaps being too difficult or challenging due to symptoms related to your child’s CP, it may feel impossible to actively participate in some of the more time-honored traditions like decorating eggs or hunting for treats. We have some ideas, though, to help you bridge the gap between your child’s special needs and getting into the...Read More
The companionship provided by a pet can be exceptional. Whether due to the happiness hugging a dog can provide or the stoic companionship of a cat, the family pet can be a critical part of your home. The love of a pet may seem to be a perfect solution for feelings of isolation or frustration for child and family alike. There are a number of things to consider, though, when deciding if a pet is a good option for your family in light of your child’s Cerebral Palsy. While there is no definitive answer we could provide in every instance, here are some of the potential issues that exist due to the complexity CP can present.