Cerebral Palsy

The Connection Between Toe Walking and Cerebral Palsy

Most children start to walk within the second year of their lives. What starts out as a few tentative steps becomes a confident gait later in life. Today we discuss “toe walking,” and how it may point to cerebral palsy. Toe Walking & Cerebral Palsy Toe walking is a somewhat common occurrence for children who are...

Cerebral Palsy — An Adoption Story

“I hope to adopt someday." The sentiment was real, yet my idea of adoptionwas romanticized and I lacked a real understanding of adoption.  I pictured bringing a shy, malnourished, lonely child to my home who would transform into a healthy and happy little person because of the love of our family. I must confess that when...

18 “Mom Approved” Gifts for Kids with Cerebral palsy and special needs

Buying gifts for a child or teen with special needs can prove challenging. As a Mom to a son who has Cerebral Palsy, I have struggled over the years to come up with gifts that my son can use and that he will find fun and exciting. My son, BJ, is non-verbal and has problems...

10 Tips for Including People With Disabilities in Your Party

WATCH: 17 Steps Between a Dancer and Her Dream Twelve-year-old Meg has always had a dream to be a dancer. Adopted as a baby, Meg came to the United States with her sister when she was just 3 month old. Her new parents noticed that she was having difficulties with certain developmental phases and Meg...

9 Important Facts About Cerebral Palsy And 3 Intersting Facts

What You Need to Know About Cerebral Palsy Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood, and these children need support. Professionals who serve young children play an important role in identifying the early signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood, and these children...

Teenage Girl Explains Cerebral Palsy Through Animation To Help Her Classmates Understand

[vimeo 112501787 w=500 h=281]   Tegan Vincent-Cooke is a 14-year-old girl from Bristol who has cerebral palsy. Being the only pupil with a disability at her school, she came to realise her fellow classmates were too shy to talk to her or ask her any questions. To help tackle this, Vincent-Cooke created a three-minute animated film (with the...

Massage Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy

Massage therapy involves the manipulation of soft tissue in order to release tension, improve blood flow to different parts of the body, stimulate the lymph gland to release toxins as well as boost the production of the body’s natural painkillers, also known as endorphins. Massage therapy has been in use for thousands of years. It...

10 Crossing Midline Exercises For Kids With Cerebral Palsy Special Needs And Autism

Crossing midline is something that all of us do everyday without even realizing it. The reason we don’t realize it, is because it has become an integrated movement in our bodies from childhood. Today I am going to share 10 crossing midline exercises for kids. What is Crossing Midline? Crossing midline is an important part of...

Infographics about Cerebral Palsy

I found a very interesting infographic about Cerebral Palsyand I thought I would share it with you hoping it provides useful information. It presents the common forms of CP in a nutshell and collects epidemiological data as well.    “The infographic below explains the different types of cerebral palsy,causes of cerebral palsy as well as warning signs and...

Sensory Play For Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Lately we've been working on some sensory play with Michael in occupational therapy. Previously, Michael's hands have been clenched in a fist unless he was sleeping. We began using some amazing little splints from Joe Cool and he now has open, relaxed hands most of the time.  Because his hands have been clenched most...