The Cerebral Palsy Blog

December 17, 2015

Wherever we go, it feels like we cannot escape the sound of music. In the car, elevators, stores, and in our homes, we are constantly affected by music. Many families are realizing the effects that music has on their children. Between music therapy, instruments, and education, music is becoming apart of special needs children’s lives. Music therapy may be able to increase your child’s quality of life and there is an option of adding it to your child’s IEP. There are also tools that can be used by children with special needs to create music. Knowing how important music...

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December 15, 2015

Our organization works each day to bridge gaps in accessibility and awareness for those living with Cerebral Palsy. Sadly, even in this day and age of digital media and connectivity, there are far too many people who remain unaware about how much more is still needed for those with special needs. Hasbro is a high-profile organization that recognizes a need for inclusion and access, creating ToyBox Tools as a medium to build awareness and accessibility in the realm of fun for children.

First, it’s important to explain...

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December 14, 2015

Technology is now taking over our lives and while this is a good thing, it can also be bad. Children are now using phones and iPads to entertain themselves and not leaving much to the imagination. Children need less screen time to foster their imagination and creativity, but they may not know what to do with themselves to fill the technology hole. Parents also may find themselves stump as to what to suggest to their children. Knowing that, we came up with 5 activities that children can do that won’t require any technology.

  1. Crafts

Crafts offer a...

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December 11, 2015

Music therapy is becoming more and more important to the special needs community. It can help with memorization, speech, motor coordination, and with transitions from activity to activity. For students in school, music therapy can be added to improve and enhance their education. Adding music therapy to your child’s IEP is something to consider and can become possible depending on your child’s needs.

How do you add music therapy to your child’s IEP? First, as the parent, you will first have to request to the IEP committee that a music therapy assessment be...

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December 10, 2015

For any child, getting dressed can be a frustrating, long process. This can be especially true for children with special needs. They may feel a lack of independence because they can not dress themselves or they may give up when trying to dress themselves. There are products and adaptive clothing that can help your child get dressed and may ease the frustration. We put together a few items that may help your child get dressed on their own.

Tying shoes can be an extremely difficult task to any child. For a child with special needs, they may not understand the...

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December 08, 2015

Confidence is key for accepting and loving yourself. Children who experience confidence will most likely grow up into confident adults. Confidence is not something you are born with and it has to be developed over time, making it important to build up your child’s confidence. This can be done throughout the day with very little extra time or energy. Therefore, we created a list of 10 ways you can start building and encouraging your child’s confidence.

  1. Give lots of Attention. Throughout the day, it can be hard to give your child undistracted...
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December 04, 2015

When we watch TV, we probably don’t see a lot of characters with special needs. Breaking Bad is an example of a show that has a character with special needs, but this is nothing we would put our children in front of. Rather we like to admit it or not, TV is now a huge part of children’s lives and can be very influential. Shows or movies should illustrate special needs, but these shows can be hard to find. We found five shows/movies that showcase special need characters and can be a positive influence on your child.

Recently, a new character has joined Sesame...

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December 03, 2015

Finding an activity that we can enjoy is important to help balance our life between work (or school) and play. Participating in activities can create passion and allow us to escape the daily duties we may face. Children with special needs can find it hard to participate in activities for various reasons. They may pick activities that they may not be curious about because they lack the resources for the ones they want to pursue. Every child needs an enjoyable activity that can they can escape too and become passionate about. With today’s technology and developments,...

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December 02, 2015

Anyone with a busy life knows how hard it is to keep track of medical information. As parents, we aren’t only responsible for our own, but for our children’s medical information. Even the most basic information, such as when and how much cold medicine your child got, can easily slip through our minds and we are left wondering if the child can even have more when symptoms are re-occurring. A daily medical log can lessen the questioning and even provide more benefits.

Having a medical log can reduce errors in...

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November 27, 2015

It is that time of year where everyone is scrambling to buy gifts for love ones. It can be a fun time, especially if you include your child in the process. For families with special needs children, it can be hard to involve your child in gift giving. Every child should be included in the fun and adjusting the process for your special needs child can actually be an easy task. These five tips can help you include your child in gift giving and spread the holiday cheer.

Some of our greatest childhood memories is picking out gifts for our parents and siblings. This...

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