The Cerebral Palsy Blog

May 18, 2016

One of the unfortunate conditions associated with Cerebral Palsy involves difficulty communicating. Whether this revolves around struggles with verbalizing or cognitive issues, the fact remains that children often face challenges when looking to express feelings, thoughts, needs and more. Assistive technology is an effective way to get the everyday needs communicating, but what about deeper, more emotional thoughts. We believe art is a fantastic medium for children to express themselves and those living with Cerebral Palsy are no different.  

Beyond being a...

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Tags: art, expression, communication, goals, crafts
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May 16, 2016

We here at CerebralPalsy.org are proud of the work and effort we put into helping children with CP and their families. While our help ranges from adaptive equipment to assistive technology, bill assistance to home modifications and beyond, we sometimes receive specific requests that we quickly dive into researching. One of those requests involved finding options for getting a service dog in Washington. We hope that we found helps!

First, it’s important to note that there are multiple options when it comes to getting an assistance or service dog in Washington....

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Tags: service dog, support, washington, cerebral palsy, resources
May 12, 2016

Sometimes we look to our Facebook Page for ideas on what parents and the public are looking to better understand about CP. A common topic that has come up is how hydrocephalus causes Cerebral Palsy. Hydrocephalus itself is a less understood topic, and so determining its connection with a complex condition like Cerebral Palsy can be understandably difficult...

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Tags: hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, special needs, information
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May 10, 2016

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be a critical part of a child with special needs’ academic success. While an IEP is often a complicated plan (and process) due to the variety of team members involved, it can also open new doors of opportunity. While most people understand that an IEP can help with issues like time allotted for testing or overcoming communication problems, as well as addressing general learning difficulties, this plan can also help in ways you may have never considered...

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Tags: cerebral palsy, IEP, school, education, nutrition
May 02, 2016

It’s officially spring and now is the time to do your seasonal spring cleaning! A few things you can do is pack away clothes, rotate toys, and update medical files. Spring cleaning is important to prepare for summer and to update necessary forms. You don’t have to do it all in one day and you can take your time through the processes. Here are a few things you can do to start off your spring cleaning.

  1. Pack Away Winter Clothes. If your child is lacking storage space in their room, then this is the perfect thing to start with. There is no need to have balky...
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Tags: spring, medical records, toys, IEP, cerebral palsy
April 20, 2016

Cerebral Palsy, as an umbrella term to describe a condition caused by a brain injury during pregnancy, delivery or post-birth care, can mean a lot of different things for those who live with it. CP may result in a limp or speech difficulty for one person while requiring full-time assistance for others. As such, our Cerebral Palsy resources go along a very wide spectrum. We’re proud of the work we have done building up a wealth of information on free assistance available to children with CP but some Cerebral Palsy resources we come across even surprise us!

Did you...

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Tags: resources, cerebral palsy, mychild, wheelchair, accessibility
April 07, 2016

It’s finally spring! The sun is starting to shine and it’s a great time to get the children outside. Playing outside gets the children out of the house and a little fresh air is great for the soul. After a while, it may be hard to find things to do outside and you may start finding your children heading back into the house for tv, video games, etc. We understand the problem of running out of outdoor activities so we created a list of options that can keep children going outside over and over again.

Sensory bins hold endless possibilities and most of them can be...

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Tags: outdoors, activities, spring, cerebral palsy, crafts
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April 05, 2016

The special needs community has seen centuries of improper treatment due to stereotypes, misconceptions and more. Simply due to a birth injury or otherwise unavoidable circumstance, children who are otherwise intellectually capable or advanced are treated horribly due to a stiff arm, a limp, vocal challenges, etc. Advances have taken place in how special needs are approached, with shifts in the law, social norms and more. However, there is still more work to be done and we are motivated to be a part of that change.

One key area in which work still needs to be...

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Tags: special needs, advocacy, disability etiquette, cerebral palsy, r-word
March 30, 2016

Judging by the weather outside and depending on where you live, it may seem to be surprising to say that the 2016-2017 school year is fast approaching. While the 2015-2016 school year isn’t even over yet, this is still a critical time in the transition from one grade to the next. Beginning your IEP planning in March and April allows for months to pass while children are still in the current grade level and administrators (and teachers) are perhaps available to meet and discuss the future. There are also other key components that are a possibility that make early IEP...

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Tags: school, education, IEP, cerebral palsy, parenting
March 29, 2016

The brain injury causing a child’s Cerebral Palsy diagnosis can present itself in a number of ways. While some children may face physical challenges due to their CP, others can face significant barriers in mental development. As such, there is no surefire suggestion regarding toys for a child with Cerebral Palsy. For those parents whose child has been impacted developmentally by Cerebral Palsy, we do believe that any stigma associated with ‘age recommendations’ should be ignored in favor of good old-fashioned fun. In short, the best toy for a child with Cerebral Palsy...

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Tags: toys, cerebral palsy, occupational therapy, gifts, holidays

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