Posts in 'Therapies'

How Kids’ Yoga Can Help With Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Physical Therapies

Exercise is often a challenge for children with cerebral palsy, yet they need physical activity to promote their overall health and wellness. Children with cerebral palsy often have reduced muscle tone and a limited range of motion. If you are caring for a child with cerebral palsy, you understand that child may require special medical... Read More

Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy and Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Therapies

Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) helps children and adults develop their ability to use a hand or limb that has been weakened by cerebral palsy. This innovative, non-invasive therapy is an excellent option for helping your child with cerebral palsy improve their fine motor skills and independence. What Is Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy? The philosophy behind CIMT... Read More

Behavioral Modification Therapy and Cerebral Palsy

Therapies, Treatments

Between 25 and 30% of children with cerebral palsy also have a behavioral disorder. Many other children with cerebral palsy also find interacting socially with others difficult. Behavioral modification can help these children regulate their bodies and moderate their emotions. What Is Behavioral Modification? Behavioral modification is a common psychotherapy technique that replaces problematic cerebral... Read More

Can Stem Cell Therapy Be Used to Treat Cerebral Palsy?

Alternative, Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Therapies

When treating individuals with cerebral palsy, treatments are not a one-size-fits-all approach. Several methods are currently available to treat disabilities that result from the condition, from physical and recreational therapies to oral medications and surgeries. In recent years, researchers have discovered that stem cell transplantation may be an effective way to restore certain abilities in... Read More

Your Part in Obtaining a Letter of Medical Necessity

Assistive Technology, Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Equipment, Patient Care, Therapies, Tips for Parents, Treatments

When your child needs a particular medication, therapy, treatment, or assistive device, your request to an insurance company, government agency or other funding source can sometimes be denied. Oftentimes they will require a letter of medical necessity, which is typically provided by your physician or therapist. Letters of medical necessity are critical to getting coverage... Read More

A Parent’s Guide to Physical Therapy for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Child Development, Healthcare Therapist, Physical Therapies, Tips for Parents, Treatments

Each individual diagnosed with cerebral palsy may face special challenges, and no one-size-fits-all plan for treatment exists. Many individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) experience significant physical setbacks. As a result, physical therapy for cerebral palsy is often a core element of treatment. Your child’s team of healthcare professionals can work with you to determine... Read More

Can a Child Recover from Brain Damage?

Assistive Technology, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Cerebral Palsy Information, Cerebral Palsy Treatments, Therapies, Tips for Parents

Cerebral palsy can result if a baby’s cerebral motor cortex does not develop normally during fetal growth, or if the child experiences a brain injury before, during, or after birth. Though this brain damage cannot be repaired, various treatment options can sometimes improve a child’s capability and prognosis. Generally speaking, the earlier treatment begins, the... Read More

Therapy Options for Children with Tactile Sensitivity

Therapies

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Many children with cerebral palsy experience some type of sensory impairment. A study by a Spanish university concluded that children with CP showed reduced sensitivity to non-painful stimuli but enhanced sensitivity to painful stimuli compared to healthy individuals. What’s behind these sensitivities and what can parents and... 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

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

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?