Movement Matters for All Girls

Ten-year-old Sadie from Birmingham, Alabama is your average fourth grader. She likes wearing pink, spending time with her friends and playing sports. Sadie also happens to have cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Unfortunately, for many girls like Sadie, the options to participate in inclusive after-school physical activity and sports programs are often limited. Girls in the United States are far less likely than boys to meet the recommended amount of daily physical activity, but the disparity […]

Toddlers with Cerebral Palsy, Language Delays Could Benefit from Earlier Intervention, Study Finds

BY Ana Pena The ability of young children with cerebral palsy to understand language can accurately predict their language skills and difficulties later in life, according to a recent study. The study also concluded that children with cerebral palsy who are unable to speak should receive early intervention to help them overcome speech difficulties and to avoid developmental delays as they grow. The study,“Longitudinal growth of receptive language in children with cerebral palsy between 18 months […]

Renovating Our Home and Our Lives for Cerebral Palsy

by Jamie Sumner To renovate a home is to renovate a life. Until we began to carve out our home to make it accessible to our son with cerebral palsy, I did not know I could plan his path to freedom or how I would feel once he took it. The fact is, Charlie has outgrown this life we have built. The cerebral palsy that felt first like an anchor holding him back, now seems simply […]

Free & Fun Speech Camp For Children With CP!

Teachers College, Columbia University are seeking children with cerebral palsy for a free, fun summer speech camp! Teachers College’s CP Speech camp, directed by Prof. Erika Levy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is the very first speech camp designed especially for children with cerebral palsy. In this free camp, children learn research-based techniques for improving their speech in a fun and interactive environment. The 2018 camp is expected to be held July 9-27 (9:00am-3:30pm) This camp is part of […]

Researchers Discover Genetic Signal Common To Cerebral Palsy And Autism

University of Adelaide researchers have uncovered a genetic signal common to both cerebral palsy and autism. The finding comes from the first large-scale study of gene expression in children with cerebral palsy. The researchers, from the University’s Australian Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Research Group in the Robinson Research Institute, also showed common underlying molecular pathways in clinically diverse cerebral palsy. They say both findings add significantly to the weight of evidence for underlying genetic causes of […]

CPA athletes and sports manager selected for the CP World Games

Peter King, Manager Sport Development at Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), has been named Manager of the Australian team to compete in the 2018 CPISRA CP World Games, in Sant Cugat, a town north of Barcelona, Spain, in August. CPISRA stands for Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association and when Disability Sports Australia (DSA) announced the selection of the six athletes who will compete they said it is the largest Australian team to ever travel to […]

PBS KIDS Announces Adaptive Apparel Collection Available Exclusively At ZAPPOS

Zappos and PBS KIDS unveil a sensory-friendly, adaptive clothing line; programming; digital resources; and more during Autism Awareness Month  Arlington, Va., April 11, 2018 – Today, PBS KIDS and Zappos Adaptive are introducing a line of gender-neutral two-way reversible adaptive apparel with kid-friendly designs that promote independence for all children. Manufactured by 4WARD Clothing, the PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection will soon be available exclusively at Zappos.com. The PBS KIDS Adaptive Apparel Collection includes t-shirts and lounge pants designed […]

Looking at School Placements from Both Sides of the Table

BY JOANNE DESIMONE As the outreach coordinator for the Alliance of Private Special Education Schools of North Jersey, I help parents and district case managers find appropriate placement options for their students. As a special educator and parent of two children with disabilities, I use the knowledge I’ve acquired, sitting on both sides of the table. When parents call me for placement options, I especially lean on the experience I had with my younger son […]

Transitioning Into Summer Finding Camps for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

BY JEFFREY GIORGI AND AMELIA MULFORD Summer camp can be a profound and transformative experience for children of all ages. Camp challenges us to interact with people we don’t know, perform feats we didn’t think we were capable of, and develop a stronger sense of self-reliance. But when the very act of moving around is a labored chore, summer camp experience can become less carefree and more stress-inducing, as in the case of five-year-old James. […]

Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Music in Therapy

Leading regional musical organizations collaborated in a distinctive chamber music event on February 2, 2018, to help raise awareness of the benefits of music in therapy. The Chattanooga-based nonprofit organization, Music Therapy Gateway in Communications (MTGIC), initiated the innovative series of educational concerts and informational lectures in 2013, which has now become a yearly event. Grant funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission has supported each concert, enabling admission to be free of charge. Erlanger Health […]