One of the fun things children love to do is make crafts! The feeling of empowerment and pride once it is on display can be amazing for a child’s self esteem, and for you as a parent. Helping a child with special needs be a part of craft fun is one of our goals, which is why we have put together crafts of varying difficulty to help your family get into the Halloween spirit! Today’s craft is a Halloween Candy Corn Picture that may not be the most creative but is DEFINITELY one of the easiest ways to help children with varying abilities dive into the holiday!... Read More
Our final craft suggestion is another great way to capture your child’s size and age in a memorable way this Halloween holiday season! Our craft uses your child’s handprints for a spooky bat design that easily goes alongside those of other family members, while also providing an easy opt-in for children of all ages and abilities. We hope that each of these craft ideas has been a big help in getting your family into the Halloween spirit and look forward to sharing other craft ideas with you in holidays to come!... Read More
Having a bit of fun this Halloween shouldn’t require a ton of skill, time or money! Our fun-for-all Halloween craft series is aimed at providing simple crafts that you can tackle with children of a variety of ages to not only boost confidence but jump into the holiday spirit! Our latest craft is Masking Tape Mummies, which use simple, everyday items to make a very fun design! These mummies not only allow for you to create a craft for your child, but also make a whole family of creepy characters that can represent everyone in your home (and outside of it!).... Read More
Halloween is a time where children get to dress up and be ‘something else,’ all at a time where parents treasure who they are right now! Crafts can involve various quality and difficulty levels based upon the child’s age, but crafts that create a permanent record of the child’s size are especially great. Our latest Fun-For-All Halloween craft are Footprint Ghosts, which use your child’s feet as the blueprint for a spooky design! These ghosts not only allow for you to create a craft outside of your child’s motor abilities, it also creates a memory book-worthy record of...Read More
A time-honored part of Halloween is the pumpkin! Whether carved or merely decorated, pumpkins are a staple of this holiday and are often personalized by children based upon their interests and more. Unfortunately, the process of carving a pumpkin may not be possible for some children with Cerebral Palsy, making alternatives a welcome part of this year’s Halloween. Today’s craft explores ways to decorate a pumpkin without a knife, allowing for children with special needs to get in the spirit of things while also making for a unique decoration for the holiday.... Read More
When you manage a community the size of ours, you’re bound to draw comments and opinions that feature a wide spectrum of opinions. While some posts have, quite honestly, shocked us in their animosity toward parents of children with special needs (another reason we need Cerebral Palsy advocates so much!), most can simply be deleted or ignored. One recent comment, from a parent of a child with special needs, highlighted an important issue.
A little while ago, we...Read More
As a child with Cerebral Palsy, your son or daughter may be facing a wide assortment of challenges: emotional and/or physical. Being able to engage with your child on a daily task can be rewarding as your ability to multi-function expands (something every parent appreciates!) Cooking is just one of several different efforts that, with the right amount of time, parents can enjoy with their child, even those with special needs. Here are three different pieces highlighting options when it comes to cooking with a child with special needs:
While the holidays are supposed to be a time of excitement, happiness and relaxation, parents of a child with special needs also know there is a lot more to it when navigating the holidays. Whether it involves tackling the logistics of traveling, trying to find menu options that accommodate dietary restrictions, handling seasonal shifts or addressing complications with ‘less than aware’ family members, the holidays can (and often are!) a challenge! We understand that there are wide assortments of challenges, each unique to your family, but have a few suggestions that...Read More
The holidays can be a challenging time due to the pressure put on making each moment as happy and wonderful as possible. Coming at a time of the year in which the weather can be a challenge, school poses its own complications, finances as a possible concern (Gifts! Utilities! Vehicle Health! Life!), work… the holidays may be sold as the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ but can be anything but. Trying to speak with a family member about Cerebral Palsy poses its own unique challenges, not only due to the public nature the discussion may have, but also due to the emotions...Read More
As your child gets older, their desire to find independence and take on tasks will grow. Whether this is effectively possible or not, the desire to take on everyday activities or needs, in turn, highlights potential gaps in your child’s emotional and physical abilities. Helping your child manage Cerebral Palsy symptoms involves finding out your options in therapy, while also improving circumstances wherever possible. We have a few suggestions to help parents step into this process and invite your suggestions as well.
To manage Cerebral Palsy symptoms at home,...Read More