Accept Help

Accept Help

A resourceful
give and take

When the needs of caring
for a child become emotionally and physically overwhelming, there are a surprising number of people who are able and willing to provide assistance.

Pat on Back

Accolades and Attaboys

Attention, parents: Give yourself a pat on the back

Caring for children is hard work, sometimes compounded when our children have special needs. Taking time out to recognize all of the successes moms and dads have not only means a more optimistic outlook for parents, it also helps children. We make good choices and our children benefit by our decisions.

Parents Who Advocate

Advocate

Parents Who Advocate

Advocating for a child’s inclusion in society is as much about everyday encouragement as it is about taking on critical issues on behalf of children with cerebral palsy.

Diagnose Early

Diagnose Early

AAP urges medical industry to diagnose CP early

For decades, physicians have been overly cautious in diagnosing cerebral palsy and other motor delays. But recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics stressed in a clinical report the importance of early diagnosis.

Boy with team

Granting Wishes

Boy scores wish
and touchdown

There was not a dry on in the stands when Jacob Brock, 13, scored the final touchdown for Lakeview Middle School. Born with cerebral palsy, he recently had surgery to prolong his ability to walk and run.

Celebrate Your Child

Celebrate Your Child

Sporadically show your child how remarkable he or she is

You don’t need an article on a website to tell you or anyone else that your child is one of a kind. Sometimes, however, your child needs to be shown how remarkable he or she is. Here are some ideas to highlight your child’s extraordinary spirit.

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

What dreams may come

Once a parent hears the news that his or her child has cerebral palsy, life as they know it will change. But the adjustment to those changes sets the stage for acceptance of realities that are still infused with ambitious dreams and expectations for their child.

Experience Magic

Experience Magic

What dreams may come

Children are naturally drawn to the magical kingdom of Disney, inhabited by beautiful princesses and handsome princes, enchanting characters of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella, and filled with the promise of happily ever after. Robyn Adams of Georgia seeks to bring the magic to children with cerebral palsy and other special needs.

Gain Perspective

Gain Perspective

Revise Your Outlook

There’s an old saying that we see things not as they are, but as we are. Here’s how to develop some safeguards when situations threaten to taint our outlook, here’s how each of us can brighten our point of view.

Get Your Mojo Back

Get Your Mojo Back

Serotonin: The Feel-Good Fuel

Mood, energy levels and self-confidence – three things parents of special needs children need in spades. The good news is that boosting serotonin levels to get your “mojo” back is relatively easy – and necessary.

Keep Family Together

Keep Family Together

Plan well, employ teamwork, make time for one another and anticipate problems

For families that include children with disabilities, external pressures have the potential to disrupt the family unit. Most parents that have a child with disability may find it difficult to plan for their child’s future needs; primarily due to the lack of being able to foresee the unknowns. If a family plans well, employs teamwork, makes time for one another, and anticipates trouble some stressors may disappear.

Take the reins

Let Go

Letting your child take the reins

All children seek to explore their surroundings and exert their independence. But for parents of children with cerebral palsy, letting a child physically and emotionally take control can be an intimidating – but ultimately rewarding – experience.

Listen and Be Heard

Listen and Be Heard

Lending an Ear

The art of listening, and expecting others to hear what you have to say, sounds easy enough, but learning to do it in a way that makes others feel important and validated can be a challenge.

Love Without Barriers

Love Without Barriers

Finding love, starting families and living happily ever after

As a child with disabilities grows into an adult, the world of dating can have as many thorns as a rose. Those with special needs not only date, they find love, start families, and live happily ever after.

Pay it Forward

Pay It Forward

Give Back,
Stand Tall

Michigan-born stilt walker Neil Sauter is raising money, awareness and eyebrows. His message is to accomplish, giveback, and support independence through assistive technology. His method is one tall order.

Persistence

Persist

Persistence matters in the quest for assistance

When a child has cerebral palsy, the process of securing government benefits can be a long and frustrating one. That’s why persistence is a vital factor in acquiring the assistance a child is entitled.

Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

Prepare for care

Who’s going to care for my child when I’m unable? It’s a question that many parents of children with disabilities struggle with, and one that requires much consideration.

Pursue Happiness

Pursue Happiness

In pursuit of happiness

In between constant therapy appointments, physician’s visits, and worries about a child’s physical health and social development remembering to be happy often falls to the sidelines. But it turns out parents don’t have to look far to find their bliss.

Normal

Reinventing Normal

What’s Normal?

The word “normal” invites feelings of security and predictability that all of us depend on to survive. The real beauty in being normal is that it’s a concept that’s different.

Share Some Love

Share Some Love

Love is in the air

Although February is considered the official month of love, it’s essential that children and other family members know that they are loved year-round. Here’s a handful of ways to let those important in your life know how much they mean to you.

Take a Break

Take a Break

Wanted: A Moment of Rejuvenation

For the parents of a child with special needs, being a constant caregiver can be exhausting. Here’s how – and why – parents should sit back, collect their thoughts, and take a break while feeling good about it!

Note of Inspiration

Inspirational Messages

Share an Inspirational Message

Do you have some words of wisdom to share with others touched by cerebral palsy? A learning? Some advice? A message of inspiration, help and hope? If so, we would love to hear from you.

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