Federal Law: The “Stay Put” Rule

Birth Injury, Education, Tips for Parents

CPFN Special Contributors Anita Howell and Lisa Viele explain the federal “Stay Put” rule—which gives parents a voice when making decisions about their children’s education—and how it impacted Anita’s son, Ryan. TRANSCRIPT Text: Ever walk into an IEP (Individualized education plan) meeting and feel overpowered by the teachers and their plans? The federal “Stay Put”... Read More

Anoxia/Lack of Oxygen and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Though birth complications are rare, they do still occur, and issues like anoxia can have a huge impact on your baby’s life. Anoxia refers to a complete loss of oxygen, an uncommon, and often preventable, but very dangerous risk during childbirth that can lead to permanent physical impairment. What Is Anoxia/Lack of Oxygen? Anoxia happens... Read More

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Information

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is the result of abnormal development or damage in the areas of the brain that control movement. The events that cause CP typically occur before, during, or shortly after a baby is born, or when the brain is developing in the first few years of the baby’s life. Here is a... Read More

Can Shaken Baby Syndrome Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

If your child receives a cerebral palsy diagnosis, it’s natural to have questions about what could have caused it. If you suspect your child has experienced abuse, you may wonder if shaken baby syndrome can cause cerebral palsy. To better understand the link between the two, you need to learn about shaken baby syndrome and... Read More

How to Find a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer

Birth Injury, Legal Help, Tips for Parents

Cerebral palsy, a lifelong condition caused by damage to the developing brain, can result in problems with bodily movement, memory, attention, and more. Many factors—including, lack of oxygen to the fetus, and trauma sustained before, during, or shortly after birth—can cause the condition. However, in some cases medical malpractice is to blame. Unfortunately, you may... Read More

Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Education, Tips for Parents

By Anita Howell CPFN Special Contributor Most school districts are in full swing by now and, regardless of what turmoil the pandemic is currently bringing, there are a few things about back-to-school that remain consistent every year. Let’s take a look at a few. Finding Your Voice for Your Next IEP Meeting For those of... Read More

Cerebral Palsy and Chiropractic Care

Alternative, Cerebral Palsy Treatments

When we picture someone lying on a chiropractor’s table for an adjustment, it’s most likely an adult. After all, neck pain, back pain, spinal discomfort, and the struggle to sit or stand is usually a result of the wear and tear of our joints and bones over time. But here in the cerebral palsy community,... Read More

Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits

Cerebral Palsy Information, Legal Help

While most parents may never know the exact cause of their child’s cerebral palsy, some cases can be directly connected to medically negligent prenatal or neonatal care or even a birth injury. If you believe an error in the healthcare you or your baby received may be responsible for causing your child’s cerebral palsy, the... Read More

A Parent’s Guide to Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

If your baby suffered asphyxia during birth that resulted in a brain injury, you are likely seeking answers about why and how the injury happened, if it could have been prevented, and what your child’s future looks like. Below we answer some of the most common questions parents have, including those about birth asphyxia and... Read More

Dyskinesia and Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Patient Care, Prenatal Care and Childbirth, Tips for Parents

Dyskinesia by definition is a movement disorder. Involuntary (not within a person’s control) muscle contractions create uncontrollable bodily movements. These involuntary movements are often triggered when trying to perform everyday tasks, such as reaching for a glass of water. There are three general categories of dyskinetic movement disorders: Dystonia presents as twisting and repetitive type... Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?