The Cerebral Palsy Blog

July 28, 2016

After years of work in birth injury, the founder of this site realized there were far too few resources available to children with Cerebral Palsy that did not qualify for legal assistance. There are a wide variety of causes of CP, but there’s also an extensive variety of life events that can warrant a Cerebral Palsy lawyer. All of our assistance is free, but the value of a legal professional to help your child’s situation is important and why we delve into this topic.

Throughout your child’s life, there are a variety...

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Tags: assistance, planning, cerebral palsy, law, advocacy
July 26, 2016

Reading is important for children and adults. They educate us and can take us to a different world. Sometimes that different world is just someone’s life whose may or may not be similar to yours. Learning more about Cerebral Palsy and understanding what it’s like to have is important.  To continue on from our other book post, we listed 10 more books that may work for you, your children, and others touched by CP. Some of these books are digital only while others are...

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July 25, 2016

We created a page of terms that surround Cerebral Palsy etiquette, but anyone in touch with the special needs community knows more is needed. Sadly, just as much as there is near universal rejection of the “r-word,” it still appears in casual conversation and some high-profile discussions, while being offensively mimicked by a Presidential candidate. As we have shared content from across the web, we have noticed there are additional words and phrases to be concerned about. In seeking...

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Tags: etiquette, language, advocacy, cerebral palsy, special needs
July 22, 2016

Cerebral Palsy (“CP”) is a diagnosis provided by a neurologist or medical professional based upon medical tests (including an MRI) that reveals a brain injury or malformation occurred during fetal development, delivery or shortly after birth. In some instances, this can be due to genetic elements that simply result in the child’s brain not developing properly. These, like other instances of CP, are examples of unavoidable circumstances parents should not be blamed for. However, there are non-genetic causes of Cerebral Palsy we want to point out to expand awareness; far...

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Tags: causes of cerebral palsy, information, cerebral palsy
July 21, 2016

Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition based upon an injury or malformation of the brain that often occurs during pregnancy, delivery or after birth. Sadly, this moment in time leads to a lifetime of challenges that evolves over time. This is important for two reasons: (1) your efforts today may not be of the same type tomorrow and (2) your child will live a lifetime of evolving changes, changing the demands placed upon every parent As such, managing prescriptions of a child growing up with special needs, including Cerebral Palsy, requires ongoing adaptation by parents...

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Tags: prescriptions, treatments, parenting, adolescence, cerebral palsy
July 19, 2016

Spending time at the beach is the perfect activity for any family, especially on a hot, sunny day. Have you ever got to the beach - kids in tow - and realize that you forgot a couple items? Or realized you should have packed a specific item? It happens to the best of us so we wanted to create a blog on tips for packing for the beach in hopes that every family will be more prepared next time.

Planning and Packing for the Beach

Tip #1: Accessibility Check

Even though all beaches should be accessible to everyone, this is not always...

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Tags: beach, summer, sand, play therapy, parenting
July 15, 2016

With school out, there is only so much time before kids become bored. With the great weather comes a push to go out and do something fun as a family. Unfortunately, options can be limited for the family of a child with special needs due to constraints like lack of accessibility, financial challenges and more. With those factors in mind, we want to highlight a few fun ideas for your family this summer to get away and have a blast with the great weather.

Summer Trip and Family Fun Ideas

Free National Park Access Pass

The United States government...

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Tags: summer, vacation, zoo, Morgan's Wonderland, accessibility
July 14, 2016

We often like to highlight areas in which social stigmas are misdirected or flat out incorrect regarding the special needs community. Often this occurs due to lack of information or years of misinformation saturating society as a whole. While certain advances in technology can help break down barriers, especially when it comes to the special needs community, it can also unfortunately promote incorrect notions about certain conditions. A recent Google search while looking for more information about play...

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Tags: play therapy, therapy, advocacy, definition, ability
July 12, 2016

You have no doubt heard about the latest smartphone game that is sweeping the nation in popularity and usage. Pokémon GO, available on iPhone and Android, is a brand new game that has children and adults alike looking to ‘catch them all.’ However, there are some very basic facts that parents need to know about this Pokémon GO to keep their child safe and avoid unnecessary problems.

First, to give those...

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Tags: pokemon, fun, apps, games, parenting
July 07, 2016

It goes without saying that the life of a parent of a child with special needs can involve a lot of moving pieces. Far too often parents are left to manage a long line of activities with little to no help. Therapies, school, activities, family… all of these things can be immediate, everyday elements pulling a parent to do more. While we very much believe that the members of our community are borderline superheroes, the truth is any human being has limits. As a result, we've found one very basic piece of advice to be consistently helpful: making lists.

Now we're...

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Tags: tips, parenting, cerebral palsy, medical, planning