We often herald the amazing things that parents of children with Cerebral Palsy do every day for their child. These stories, often posted on our Facebook Page or highlighted on our website, focus on great family qualities and strength when it’s needed the most. One section of our audience that does not receive as much attention as they should, though, are the tremendous grandparents that frequently care for their beloved grandchildren with Cerebral Palsy. When apparent may need to work or assume other duties.
Are you a grandparent of a child with Cerebral Palsy? If so, you may already know about the unique challenges children who suffer birth injuries face from such an early age. Grandparents serve a unique role, as a result, as a special source of help for child and parent alike. This help can come in a variety of forms, some of which we would love to share!
First, advocacy. Just as much as a grandparent can be a daily source of strength for the family in the years and decades after a child’s diagnosis with Cerebral Palsy, they also can help by advocating change with their own friends, coworkers, etc. Those looking to encourage advocacy for CP should check out:
- Our free, easy-to-download Summer Guide for Cerebral Palsy. Included are a number of crafts, activities, assistance programs and more to make the summer a success.
- Learn the language surrounding the special needs community, as well as read up on ways to Speak to Young Children about Differences, perfect for grandparents looking to make a difference with other grandchildren and family members before the next holiday.
- Send a letter to your local grocery stores requesting they buy a cart intended for older children with special needs.
- Better understand the importance of advocates, especially when some people in the public think families should keep their special needs children at home
- For grandparents looking to help plan a family giveaway, check out our guide on wheelchair-friendly/special needs vacation ideas.
- Dig further into the CerebralPalsy.org site!
Second, make yourself available. Parents of children with special needs often feel isolated while also not feeling comfortable asking or allowing help for their child, even from grandparents. Make yourself heard when it comes to being available, even if you’re not taken up on the offer. We have heard plenty of times on our Facebook Page how much just caring matters – don’t let silence be interpreted as indifference.
Third, love. A child with Cerebral Palsy is still a child and can use as much love, kindness and support as possible. Grandparents rarely need prodding in this department, but we wanted to ensure it came up simply because of how much importance support and care can have in the life of a child, much less one facing a lifetime of challenges.
Grandparents of children with Cerebral Palsy are encouraged to give us a call at (800) 692-4453(800) 692-4453 FREE, as well as review our resource kits and guides on all things CP. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you as a grandparent and advocate for a brave child living with Cerebral Palsy.