One of the first things you may notice on our newly designed website is a statement in the upper left noting that the site is owned and operated by attorney Ken Stern. This disclosure should not raise an alarm, though. Instead, it represents our founder’s career path and the immediate realization anyone who works with children with special needs has: that more help is needed.
Ken Stern has served as a Cerebral Palsy attorney for over three decades. A father himself, our founder went into...Read More
As many of our community members already know, the entire concept of MyChild and CerebralPalsy.org was to create and foster a dynamic resource to help parents of children with CP. Far too often, there are needs or simple requests for even general information that fall through the cracks because governmental agencies, charities or foundations, are unable or unwilling to help. Even when programs are available to help, finding them amid the Internet’s clutter can be too difficult. MyChild serves to help break down these barriers to securing information. As a...Read More
In April of last year, we touched on the news that Target was beginning a test run on specialty shopping carts that feature a large seat on the front. Created by Caroline’s Cart, these special carts are intended to bridge the gap between shopping and transporting a child in the wheelchair. Unlike traditional shopping carts, a Caroline’s Cart features a...Read More
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 children to interact and engage effectively with fellow children and adults, finding effective play...Read More
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...Read More
As you might have noticed, we have no problem putting other people’s great information out to our community when we think it might help. While other groups might focus on limiting posts to ‘their own stuff,’ we’re focused here on getting valuable insights and resources out to parents who can use it, now! At the same time, we also try to limit what gets posted in our social media to what we can verify, and that’s the reason you don’t see fundraisers or ‘click campaigns’ on our Facebook Page. With that said, we...Read More
The sad truth is that when your child is one in approximately 300, it can feel difficult to connect with other parents. Whether you live in a big city or miles away from anyone, there are common feelings of isolation that resonate within parents of children with special needs. Avoiding feeling like no one else understands your situation is difficult when no one walks around with a sign that says “Special Needs Parent.” The internet, though, provides a unique chance to connect. It also provides an opportunity to open...Read More
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...Read More
The internet is great but it also has its pitfalls. Just as all of the information available creates a great wealth of resources to learn from, the amount of misinformation and inadequate sites out there can prevent those who need it the most from finding what they need. Connecting online with Cerebral Palsy information is extremely important, not only because of the ease in which quality resources can be shared, but also because of the unity it can provide.
First and foremost, we’d like to believe our website (CerebralPalsy...Read More
The old adage goes “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Far too often, those with a child diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy are not given the full spectrum of information they will need for the months and years to come. What’s more, with many state programs ending far too quickly after diagnosis, a gap in knowledge can quickly emerge. This very idea is the foundation of MyChild’s existence: to step in and make information and awareness accessible when other programs fall short.
So what resources are available for children with Cerebral Palsy? This is a bit too broad...Read More