Posts in 'In the News'

What to Expect From Your Occupational Therapist

Occuparional Therapy, Treatments and Therapies

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor The term cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement, muscle coordination, and balance. CP affects the part of the brain that controls muscle movements and can often impair muscle groups needed for self-care... Read More

Eating Problems Stressful but Treatable

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor When my first daughter was born, she exhibited a total absence of any type of oral motor skill and necessitated a feeding tube from birth. Her birth injuries occurred as a result of “cord complications of unknown origin.” When our second child was born with cord complications,... Read More

A Mother’s Quest to Feed Her Child

In the News, Tips for Parents, Updates

When you’re having a child, all you really care about is that he or she is healthy. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out that way. My husband and I discovered this the day our son, AJ, had a major seizure when he was 5 months old. Following that were diagnoses of cerebral palsy (CP), epilepsy... Read More

How to Take Time for Yourself

In the News, Respite Care, Updates

Respite care. How many parents really take advantage of this short-term break from caring for a family member with cerebral palsy? As a single mother, I was offered this many times, but never took advantage of it. Read More

Making the Decision to Place a Child in a Residential Center

In the News, Respite Care, Updates

One in six children in the U.S. lives with a chronic disability. Some will be placed in a residential facility for long-term care. For parents of some children with cerebral palsy, this can be an excruciating and exhausting choice. I know this firsthand. Read More

5 Ways to Help Siblings Understand Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy

In the News, Tips for Parents, Updates

It should not be surprising that we received a lot of feedback on the community question: “How do you explain your child’s cerebral palsy to other siblings to help them understand?” There are more than six million people with disabilities living in the United States alone, and most of these people have brothers and sisters. Read More

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy: An Overview

In the News, Treatments and Therapies, Updates

Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is an irreversible neurosurgery performed on the lower spinal cord to treat spasticity, especially in the lower limbs. A neurosurgeon identifies nerve rootlets in the spinal cord that are sending abnormal messages and cuts them. Read More

Spastic Diplegia – Overview and Considerations for Children

In the News, Types of Cerebral Palsy, Updates

Spastic diplegia is a form of cerebral palsy that primarily affects the legs, hips, and pelvis. Arms can also be affected, but to a lesser degree. Considered a less severe form of cerebral palsy, children born with spastic diplegia usually have average to slightly below average intelligence and language skills. Read More

Our Favorite CP Teachers Video Series

Education, In the News, Updates

  Did you nominate a teacher in last year’s “Our Favorite CP Teacher” contest? We were flooded with entries and received so many inspiring stories from your favorite teachers and therapists! We’ve compiled the photos into a series of short videos to showcase all of the nominees. View all of the videos in the series... Read More

How Do I Find Out About Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials in My Area?

In the News, Medical Research, Updates

In a previous blog, we covered what clinical trials are, the 4 FDA-mandated phases of a trial, the benefits and risks of participating, what current clinical trials relate to cerebral palsy and what might be involved in qualifying for one. The next step is learning how to find clinical trials in your area. Read More

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