Posts in 'Tips for Parents'

Bullying and Children With Special Needs

Tips for Parents

By Amy Kristine Williams To parents, bullying can seem like one of the more baffling aspects of childhood. Why should one child be singled out so unfairly? The truth of the matter is that there’s no real, justifiable reason. Yet, parents need to know how to deal with bullying, as this is something encountered by... Read More

Physical Therapy Basics, Rights, and Cautions

Cerebral Palsy Therapies, Patient Care, Tips for Parents

By Lee Vander Loop Some children with cerebral palsy require physical therapy. Some don’t. Once the diagnosis is made, and the type of cerebral palsy is determined, a team of health care professionals will work to identify specific impairments and needs, and then develop an appropriate plan to address the core disabilities that affect the... Read More

What to Expect From Your Occupational Therapist

Cerebral Palsy Therapies, Tips for Parents

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

Physical Activity—Any Time Is a Good Time to Get Kids with Cerebral Palsy Moving

Child Development, Patient Care, Tips for Parents

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor We’re all aware of the physical and psychological health benefits of keeping children physically active, but for parents and caregivers of children with cerebral palsy, this can often be a challenge. Medical research and personal experience show that people with disabilities benefit greatly when they participate in... Read More

Eating Problems Stressful but Treatable

Associated Conditions, Patient Care, Stories, Tips for Parents

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

The Benefits of Family-Centered Care

Patient Care, Tips for Parents

Many, if not most, treatment plans for children with CP are centered exclusively on the child. While a child’s interests must always be considered, the narrow focus of such plans can overlook crucial factors, like “living environment” and “family dynamic.” Read More

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

Tips for Parents

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

Where to Donate Old AFOs

Equipment, Tips for Parents

On first thought, you may think that ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs) cannot be “recycled,” since they are molded to custom-fit a specific child. However, donating your AFOs actually can help children in need! Some organizations modify the shape of used AFOs, fitting them to their new owners. Read More

8 Steps to Maximize Doctor Appointments for Special-Needs Children

Doctor Visits, Patient Care, Tips for Parents

Doctor appointments are all too frequent in the lives of families with special needs children. The appointments themselves and the issues addressed, however, are seldom routine. Given that you will have 15-30 minutes at most with the doctor, making the most of this time is critical. Read More

Periods and CP: Tips for Parents

Child Development, Tips for Parents

hen we post our “Question of the Day” on Facebook, we always expect some interaction. After all, our community is very active and loves to help other families facing the same issues. However we were pleasantly surprised when we received an overwhelming amount of feedback to this question. Read More

Was Your Child's CP Preventable?