Posts in 'Tips for Parents'

Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice

Birth Injury, Legal Help, Tips for Parents

Cerebral palsy is a group of permanent, non-progressive disorders caused by either abnormal development of the brain or damage to the developing brain. This developmental interference impacts a child’s ability to control his or her muscles, which makes CP a motor disability. The three types of CP are: Spastic cerebral palsy: causes stiffness and movement... Read More

A Horrific Social Media Post Inspires Memoir of Life With Severe Cerebral Palsy

Stories, Tips for Parents

By Susan Haas Co-Author, The Year of the Buttered Cat; a mostly true story By the time my daughter, Lexi, was 10 months old, I knew something was amiss. She had failed to meet every motor milestone. She was unable to sit up, hold anything or keep her head upright for even a few seconds.... Read More

Summer Activities for All Abilities

Tips for Parents

8 Kid-Friendly Activities to do Right at Home With COVID-19 still making summer plans uncertain, parents are trying to find ways to keep their children active and engaged throughout the long days ahead. Travel and social distancing restrictions have caused most summer camps and outdoor activity centers to close or limit access, presenting a challenge... Read More

Finding Funds for Home Modifications and Handicap Accessible Vehicles

Equipment, Tips for Parents

We’ve recently received a number of questions from our Facebook family about funding assistance, such as “How do you go about getting modification money for homes for people that are wheelchair bound?” and “How do I get an accessible van grant?” Here we take a look at some options and give some direction on searching... Read More

Best Toys for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Child Development, Featured, Tips for Parents

When you’re raising a child with cerebral palsy, the toys they play with need to promote the development of fine and gross motor skills, communication skills and intellectual growth—which means they should be carefully chosen to accommodate your child’s unique abilities. But they should also be a safe and fun way to help your child... Read More

The Importance of Cerebral Palsy Early Intervention

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, Child Development, Tips for Parents

Receiving a cerebral palsy diagnosis for your child can be an overwhelming experience that few parents are prepared to navigate. Along with the physical and emotional struggles, parents must learn to navigate their child’s medical needs, as well as the financial burden that accompanies those needs. And the sooner this begins, the better. This article... Read More

Coping with a Recent Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Cerebral Palsy Information, Tips for Parents

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Questions, Concerns, and Your Child’s Future For parents and families experiencing their child’s recent cerebral palsy diagnosis, the world may feel frightening and uncertain. Whether your child is a newborn or even a few years old, learning they have a birth injury can be like a kick... Read More

Developmental Milestones: Get the Facts

Cerebral Palsy Information, Child Development, Tips for Parents

While developmental milestones can be tremendously helpful in gauging a child’s mental and physical development, they are only guidelines. No two babies are alike and no two develop in the same ways or at the same rate, though most reach these milestones at similar ages. If your child was born prematurely, or has other challenges... Read More

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

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

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?