Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy: The Right Treatment for Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy Treatments

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor The surgical procedure known as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) has gained considerable public attention within the cerebral palsy community. It is a neurosurgical procedure performed with the goal of improving motor function by decreasing spasticity in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Numerous news articles have published stories... Read More

Selecting a Wheelchair-Accessible Van

Equipment, Tips for Parents

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Many families raising a non-ambulatory child face the challenge of finding appropriate transportation when their child becomes wheelchair-dependent and can no longer be transported in a car seat. Parents struggle with questions of where to find financing, what vehicle to choose and what modifications are needed. The... Read More

Preventing the Summer Boredom Blues

Tips for Parents

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor It’s the first full week of summer and children have been out of school just a few weeks. Already, many parents are beginning to hear the growing mantra: “I’m bored!” As a parent of four children, I have a very clear memory of the frustration and challenges... Read More

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Does it Work for Children with Cerebral Palsy?

Alternative, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

By John Lehman Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is commonly used to treat scuba divers with the bends, but recently, the therapy has been used to treat certain types of cerebral palsy, as well. Opinions vary as to whether or not HBOT is an effective treatment for children with cerebral palsy. Some research has shown improvements... Read More

Hydrocephalus as it Relates to Cerebral Palsy

Birth Injury, Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Cerebral Palsy Information

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Hydrocephalus is a Latin word meaning “water on the brain.” About 75% of children with hydrocephalus will have some form of motor disability. This can be in the form of cerebral palsy. The best analogy I can think of to describe the relation between cerebral palsy and... Read More

How to Choose an Emergency Generator

Equipment, Tips for Parents

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Many families with special-needs children face a multitude of challenges that others may never experience. The challenge of an extended power outage is frustrating and inconvenient to any family, but when you factor in a special-needs child who relies on medical equipment such as oxygen, a feeding... Read More

Horseback Riding Can Treat Cerebral Palsy

Alternative, Therapies

By John Lehman It may surprise you to learn that horseback riding is one of the many treatments available for children with cerebral palsy. The treatment is called hippotherapy and it has been used to treat disabled children and adults alike since the 1960’s. Research has shown that hippotherapy has a positive effect on both... Read More

Family Vacations for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Tips for Parents

By John Lehman Planning a vacation is an exciting but sometimes difficult task for any family, particularly families who have children with cerebral palsy. Special considerations must be taken into account well before the plane tickets are purchased. Fortunately, the task is not impossible. With a little bit of research, homework and proper planning, you... Read More

Choosing Your Child’s First Wheelchair

Equipment

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor About a third of children with cerebral palsy are non-ambulatory and will require the use of a wheelchair for transportation outside, indoors, or both. Getting the right wheelchair at an early age helps a child gain independence and all the confidence that can inspire. When a child... Read More

Are Home Births Safe?

Prenatal Care and Childbirth

By Giles Manley, MD, JD CPFN Medical Advisor I was surprised to read recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that home births are growing in popularity. I would have thought the opposite, given that most hospitals go to great lengths to provide comfortable and nurturing environments for laboring mothers and are... Read More

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