CP Information

Information opens doors and opportunities, it empowers and confirms. Information is the key to learning what works and what doesn’t in the lives of individuals touched by cerebral palsy. From the information about cerebral palsy, to topics such as home modifications, treatments and therapies, pain management, special education dispute resolution, hot tips and more – we have some insights to share on our cerebral palsy blog.

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy: What Families Have To Say

Selective dorsal rhizotomy has become increasing popular in the last year or two. In this blog post, we’ll share what families have to say about it.

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical procedure to help individuals with Cerebral Palsy walk. SDR is aimed to reduce levels of spasticity in the legs and is followed by an intensive period of physiotherapy.

Only 21 percent of children are receiving developmental screens

Twenty-one percent of children in the U.S. are not receiving routine developmental screens, and millions are not receiving key clinical preventive services, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released this week. Not only does this contradict the goals of the new Affordable Care Act, or ACA, but it may hamper a child’s ability to receive early interventions, according to the recommendations made in the American Academy of Pediatric’s “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation” report.

Optimizing windows of “motor development opportunity”

Take advantage of your child’s “windows of motor development opportunity,” urge Carl Gabbard, Ed.D., and Luis Rodriques in an Early Childhood NEWS article entitled “Optimizing Early brain and Motor Development Through Movement.” This window of opportunity begins in the prenatal period and advances to the age of five. It is believed this timeframe is a critical period in which physical activity lays the foundation for not only motor control, but for early childhood development such as learning and behavior.

The Complexities of Cerebral Palsy Nutrition Planning

Nutrition is important for every child, particularly for a child with Cerebral Palsy. Getting your child the proper food and vitamins, every day, can be important for helping with growth and impacting your child’s development. With that said, we have several Cerebral Palsy nutrition factors for our families to consider that can help highlight the importance of proper diet as well as give paths for success to parents.