Adapting Toys: How to Do It Yourself

Tips for Parents

Play is an important part of a child’s life and is key in the development of many motor and neurological functions such as: Muscle strength and control Cause/effect reasoning Choice making Object matching Picture/object association Construction categorization/sorting Language skills All children need opportunities to discover and actively explore the world around them, but many toys... Read More

Special Needs Distance Learning During COVID-19

Education

As if special needs parents don’t have enough challenges to contend with involving their child’s care, COVID-19 has added a new level of challenge to their daily lives. With the uncertainty regarding the safe reopening of schools throughout the country, parents are now coping with the daunting possibility of extended school closures and their additional... Read More

The Best Apps for Children with Cerebral Palsy in 2020

Assistive Technology, Updates

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best special needs apps out there – and written a quick synopsis of how each one works! Read on to learn about some of the best assistive communication and educational apps available. Read More

Cooling Therapy May Help Infants Battle Brain Damage

Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Head Cooling

The emotional distress that accompanies a birth injury is incomparable. When a child is injured during birth, what should have been the most exciting day of the parents’ life instead likely resulted in feelings of fear, frustration and sadness. It may seem like a dark future ahead, as parents struggle to readjust their plans and... Read More

Best Activities for Kids with Cerebral Palsy

Child Development, Tips for Parents

Even the most supportive parents of children with cerebral palsy may at times wonder whether their kids will be able to participate in certain physical activities. After all, cerebral palsy affects the brain’s motor area, which can make movement, sight and even cognitive ability difficult. But here’s the good news. There are tons of activities... Read More

How to Prevent Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Doctor Visits, Prenatal Care and Childbirth

There are three types of cerebral palsy: congenital, acquired, and genetic predisposition. Congenital cerebral palsy, a type of CP that occurs when the brain doesn’t develop as it should before or during birth, can sometimes be prevented during pregnancy. If you have concerns about cerebral palsy, how to prevent it is likely at the top... Read More

Can Cerebral Palsy Be Diagnosed Before or During Birth?

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

The brain damage that causes or contributes to cerebral palsy can occur during pregnancy, during birth and even after birth. Many parents ask if cerebral palsy can be detected before birth, but the diagnosis usually does not happen until a child is two or three. The earlier you get the diagnosis, the better, so bring... Read More

Using Botox as a Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Treatments

Spastic movements and muscle stiffness are common symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP). Children living with CP often struggle with unpredictable movements, sometimes even experiencing pain with them. While there are several different treatment options available for CP, there is no cure for these muscle difficulties. Botox, scientifically known as botulinum toxin A, offers a temporary... Read More

What Causes Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy?

Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a type of disorder that affects body movement, muscle tone and motor skills. In many cases, people with this condition have difficulty performing basic tasks such as walking, speaking and swallowing. Cerebral palsy can occur before, during or after birth. In about 70% of cerebral palsy cases, however, this condition results from... Read More

7 Sources of Financial Assistance for Supporting a Child With Cerebral Palsy

Tips for Parents

Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability among children. It can put a significant financial strain on parents and caregivers. The medical costs alone for children who have cerebral palsy are 10 times higher than those of children who do not have cerebral palsy. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can seek financial... Read More

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