Monday, May 13, 2013

Care Tips for Cerebral Palsy

Caused by injury or abnormal development, Cerebral Palsy refers to a set of conditions involving the brain and nervous system. Cerebral Palsy is known as the most common motor disability affecting children, according to the CDC. Recently, there have been positive findings working in the direction of a potential cure for the condition, but research still has a long way to go.

If you are weathering day-to-day challenges of caring for a loved one with Cerebral Palsy, don’t feel like you’ve been abandoned. Easter Seals offers services that can help your situation. When a loved one is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, the first thing you need is support and guidance. Easter Seals Florida offers many individuals support through Early Intervention and aims to change lives. Contact us today for support. To get you started, we’ve included a list of Cerebral Palsy caregiving tips.

Cerebral Palsy Caregiving Tips:

1.      Keep surfaces in your home clean and clear of potentially dangerous objects
2.      Remember to pad sharp corners for safety
3.      Side rails for the bed and bathroom are helpful
4.      Install seat belts in chairs
5.      Plug electrical outlets and don’t let chords hang low
6.      Join a support group
7.      Seek guidance for coping
8.      Look at, talk to and even sing to your child often
9.      Use multiple forms of communication (talking, hand gestures, writing, smiling)
10.  Create personalized activities to help develop your child’s skills
11.  Stick to rules to help develop routines
12.  Encourage independence when possible
13.  Play time is important for development of intellectual and motor skills
14.  Help your loved one hold and release objects
15.  Seek professional help

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