What the ADA Means for People with Cerebral Palsy

Advocacy, In the News, Updates

By Emerson Arehart In the United States, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) can play an important role in the lives of people with cerebral palsy (CP). Knowing your rights under the ADA is an important step in making sure CP doesn’t limit you or your child’s potential – especially at school and in the... Read More

10 Years After Lizzy’s Trial: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Birth Injury, Stories, Updates

By: Lisa Viele Ten years ago we started our trial. I remember it clearly. Well, most of it. Lizzy was 5. We had moved from Sumter, SC to Myrtle Beach in 2003. My husband Damon was teaching and coaching. Same thing he did in Sumter. A brand new school opened and he was blessed to... Read More

Camp Smiles Gives Kids with Cerebral Palsy New Hope

Advocacy, In the News, Updates

By: Anita Howell This isn’t just an article about a new camp, cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome. I pray that it is an article that stirs hope, courage, passion, and faith. A Phone Call When I Needed It The other day, as I dashed in and out of the rain and darted up the stairs,... Read More

Justice for Jordan: A Mother’s Story

Stories, Updates

By: Nicole Carter I’m now a single mom with three kids. Jordan is my youngest. I gave birth to Jordan in a Tennessee hospital in 2005, and that day changed my life. Since I have diabetes, I was going to a specialty clinic for high-risk mothers and having the non-stress test done twice a week.... Read More

Pitocin and Its Ties to Cerebral Palsy

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Stacey Bucklin CP Family Network Editor View similar stories. Pitocin is the synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone called oxytocin that is produced by a woman’s body during labor and delivery. It is used to induce labor or to speed up (augment) natural labor. It may also be administered to help a mother... Read More

Advice to Expecting Parents about Assisted Delivery Using Vacuum Extraction

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Giles Manley, M.D., J.D. Medical Director, Cerebral Palsy Family Network When a mother is unable to deliver a child on her own, assistive equipment may be used to help speed the birthing process. Because the need for vacuum extraction (VE) is always a possibility during childbirth, parents need to be aware of what it... Read More

Fetal Heart Monitoring: How Mistakes Happen in Labor and Delivery

Causes of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

By Giles Manley, M.D. CP Family Network Medical Director Electronic fetal heart monitoring is used in nearly all hospital births in the U.S. The technology has been around for decades. But medical records of brain-injured infants I review each week frequently show that although fetal monitoring was showing the baby was experiencing high levels of... Read More

It’s Spring: Time to Get Kids with Cerebral Palsy Moving

In the News, Tips for Parents, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop In spring, parents start thinking about recreational activities for their children. The disabilities community is no different. Medical research and personal experience show that people with disabilities benefit greatly when they participate in community recreation programs and settings. Following is information about the importance of physical activity for children and adults... Read More

What to Expect From Your Occupational Therapist

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Occupational therapy (OT) and rehabilitation deals primarily with the many muscles responsible for wrist, hand, and finger movements, muscles involved in facial expressions, and tongue movement and swallowing reflexes. Occupational therapists are trained in the rehabilitation of these muscle groups to help patients acquire or improve daily... Read More

Electrical Muscle Stimulation Treatments for Cerebral Palsy

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

By John Lehman Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) refers to a group of treatments that make use of electrical current to stimulate nerve endings, with the aim of reverting damage to the patient’s nervous system. Children suffering from cerebral palsy often have issues with movement and muscle spasticity, and EMS has proven to be effective at... Read More

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