The Cerebral Palsy Blog

November 24, 2015

Cooking is such a huge part in our everyday lives and we spend so much time either preparing a meal or eating one. Imagine how much quality time you can spend with your child if you included them in the process. Children love helping and it makes them feel important and one of the grown ups, but it can be difficult to find a recipe that allows participation. We know it can be extremely challenging to cook with a child, and we highly suggest reviewing any of your child’s allergy or sensitivities before continue, but we have put together a list of simple fall recipes that...

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November 20, 2015

Our final craft for your child with special needs is a fun slice of Pumpkin Pie. This craft can serve as an excellent table setter (write each person’s name on the brown crust so they know where to sit!), as well as serving as a fun opportunity for your child to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Whether your child’s able to eat Pumpkin Pie or just wants to make the craft as a way to decorate your home, this can be a festive way to get the family involved. We hope each of our craft...

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November 17, 2015

A handprint can be more than just art for a parent. Serving as a permanent marker of your child’s size, a handprint design is a time capsule surrounding the holidays. It can also, though, be a simple and easy way to get your child involved in the holiday and craft-making spirit! With just a little bit of paint, some paper and creative energy, we hope that you’re able to make a great Thanksgiving decoration and lifetime memory out of your child’s handprint. We hope this craft represents a great opportunity for your family, at all ages, to do a fun activity together and...

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November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving is a fun, great time to bring the family together. A family that has a child with special needs may have a harder time figuring out how to get that child involved. The child may feel left out and unimportant to the task of getting ready for the holiday. With a couple simple accommodations, your child can feel included and more apart of the Thanksgiving prep.

First of all, you want your child to feel important and needed. You want to make them feel valuable...

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November 13, 2015

There are many forms of bullying and there are many signs that can indicate bullying. It is important to look out for signs, especially for special need’s children. They may not understand what is truly happening or they might not have a way to tell someone about it. Either way, a child should never have to go through bullying and being able to identify signs can help you provide help for a child. While the number of signs go on and on, we brought together 5 signs that we thought could help identify signs of bullying in a child.

Observation. The...

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November 12, 2015

Children love decorating and seeing their pieces being on displayed. When a child has limited mobility, they may have a harder time participating in decorating and start feeling left out. It is essential that there are things that they can help out with so they can feel included. Something as simple as picking out color and designs can help get children involved. Therefore, we have 9 decorating ideas that children with limited mobility could participate in.

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November 09, 2015

Yoga is becoming more popular every day – not just for adults, but for children as well. Perhaps more important, for special needs children, it can be used as an alternative therapy. Yoga can help increase concentration, flexibly, and strength. It can also develop coordination and reduce stress and anxiety. We can’t forget the value yoga can have to help a child become more aware of their body. There are a lot of benefits of yoga for special needs children and it is important to consider them all before deciding if yoga is the right fit for the child. We recognize that...

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November 06, 2015

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we want to help you get your family into the holiday spirit! Continuing our series of fun craft ideas that can allow your family, regardless of ability, to jump into Thanksgiving and help decorate, our latest craft is the Paper-Roll Turkey! Have a look at this fun little idea and keep tuning in to find out our next opportunity for your child with Cerebral Palsy to actively get involved with the Thanksgiving spirit. Our Paper-Roll Turkey, like our other crafts, involves different levels depending upon your child’s ability so we...

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November 05, 2015

By age two, a child will have about 300 words in his or her vocabulary. Some children may have more, while some may have less. Either way, it is important to encourage language for your child so they can further develop their vocabulary. This does not have to be something that is thoroughly planned or have a special time blocked out for it. Encouraging language can be done through an everyday setting by just using self-talk, descriptive words, and following...

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November 03, 2015

We like to use this blog as a channel to communicate with parents of children with Cerebral Palsy. While CP unfortunately touches far too many families every day, there are exponentially more friends and family impacted. This is why Cerebral Palsy awareness is so important: spreading the word about this condition helps break down barriers, increase research and, perhaps most important, shape a better world for children with CP.

Cerebral Palsy awareness goes beyond knowledge or highlighting a relationship with a child or person with CP. Instead, it involves...

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