Accomondating the classroom for children with cerebral palsy
CP can occur if the mother experiences an injury or disease that affects the fetus, during a traumatic birth, or later in life due to an infection, disease or head trauma. In many cases, a child with CP may show signs of: muscular weakness, paralysis, lack of coordination, slurred speech, involuntary convulsions, or visual impairment.
Some children with CP are ambulatory, while others are wheelchair bound.
Communication boards and hearing devices, for example, give children the tools they need to express their needs, interact with others and engage in routine daily activities.
Assistive technology inspires: Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) technology has direct benefits for children with CP, helping them overcome challenges and successfully interact in diverse social settings.
I am a fourth-grade regular education teacher and recently a student was placed in my class who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.
She has an aide with her but I have never had a student with cerebral palsy before and the only thing I know about her is what I learned during a twenty-minute meeting with her parents and the school psychologist. This is not an uncommon situation in today’s schools.
When muscle groups in the face, mouth, neck and throat are affected by the disorder, forming words and sentences can be challenging.
Children with CP may also experience hearing problems and other issues interfering with communication.
Cerebral palsy, often referred to simply as CP, can range from mild to severe and often affects a child’s intellect, learning, speech, and vision.
Approximately half a million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
CP is a long-term physical condition caused by an abnormality of brain growth or a lesion to the brain, resulting in the impairment of muscular development and control.
Cerebral palsy is a medical condition that results in muscle weakness or stiffness as well as balance and coordination problems.
Discover activities geared towards children with cerebral palsy that teachers can incorporate into their classrooms and discover some of their benefits.
Learn more about fine motor skills with the lesson What Are Fine Motor Skills in Children? While it is known that music has soothing qualities, it has additional benefits to children with cerebral palsy.