If you live in an area that gets cold when the calendar changes, you likely know plenty of people who are planning a winter getaway this year. As a parent of a child with special needs, though, you may think that there are not many options for planning your own escape from winter’s reach. We’re happy to report this is not necessarily the case and that there may be some excellent options for vacation available to your family!
Still at the planning phase of your vacation? How about some ideas of wheelchair and accessibility-focused destinations! Friendship Circle...Read More
Being a parent can be difficult. When your child has special needs, this role takes on a whole new meaning. Taking action in not only providing your child the best care and assistance possible to limit the impact of CP is a monumental undertaking, making each day, start to finish, a job in and of itself. While parents often focus those precious moments not only caring for the child, but also looking for ways to improve that care, it’s also critical that parents look to take care of themselves. Doing so paves the way for providing a stronger you to help your child, as...Read More
Technology makes life so much easier and can be helpful for children with Cerebral Palsy. There are millions of apps out there that are designed for special needs children, but a majority of them cost a good amount of money. It can be time consuming to sort through apps to find ones that are free and no parent really has the time for that. We found 5 FREE apps that may help your child with Cerebral Palsy and might lessen the time spend searching for free apps.Read More
Depending upon where you live in the United States, changes in the seasons can be radically different when it comes to how your daily life is impacted. Where some may see snowfall and treacherous roads, families in the South may only need to bundle up more and spend less time outdoors. The special needs community is one that can be significantly impacted by a change in the seasons. Whether related to new costs and challenges or general inconveniences that are more evident due to special needs, a shift in the weather to the colder side may be adversely affecting your...Read More
We spend so much time and energy cooking meals. We even spend a lot of time in grocery stores and planning our meals for the week. Children want to be involved in cooking and they like helping out in the kitchen. In the last couple months, we have had several posts with recipes, tips and even utensils that can help you involve your special needs child in cooking. We hope this overview can get your mind stirring again and help you find ways to include your child in the cooking process.
Seasons present many flavors, smells, and shapes that can be incorporated with...Read More
MyChild, part of CerebralPalsy.org network of assistance, is dedicated to helping children living with Cerebral Palsy, as well as their parents. Beyond our extensive website, we have amassed a wide assortment of resources and information related to assistance for children with Cerebral Palsy. As this information continues to change over time, the best way to access help available for families just like yours is by calling 800-692-4453!
What types of Cerebral Palsy help are available to parents who call us? Information the MyChild care team provides to hundreds of...Read More
The holidays can be a hectic time, with travel, shopping, planning, work and more competing for your time. Parents of children with special needs often already feel torn between two worlds even outside of the holiday season, making this time of year even more stressful than otherwise. In the interest of helping jog the memory of our community about things to keep in mind, we have compiled a short overview to serve as a last-minute holiday checklist, hoping it will help clear the clutter and make your holiday go more smoothly.
Children with Cerebral Palsy may face...Read More
The holidays are always an exciting time, especially for children. They see their parents working extra hard to decorate or bake special treats. The holidays present the perfect time to try to get your children more involved. Baking can be challenging for a lot of kids. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t want to be involved; recipes will just have to be adjusted to fit their needs. Knowing how hard is it to find ways for children to help, we put a list together of a few holiday bakes that your child may be able to help with. One quick note: be sure that any item you...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More