This is a question that I’ve pondered since I first began speaking as a teenager realizing that I could make change in the world and this in truth became the driving force behind my blog. The question was this how do I explain cerebral palsy to my friends, classmates and peers which in the case of my blog here could also read as the parent or educator how do we explain this to the peers in the lives and day to day interactions with the child who has cerebral palsy.
Recognizing that the common goal is inclusion but that inclusion can’t be forced which can in turn create social isolation how do we all in a general sense go about explaining cerebral palsy. Here’s two examples I have used when speaking
The light switch
The signals from the brain are like a light switch you know how sometimes when a light is turned on and it flickers before fully coming on? That’s the best way to describe the signals that go from my brain to all four (in my case all four limbs are impacted by cerebral palsy) of my limbs.
The elastic band
to show the effect of tight muscles I use a stretched rubber band this is to simply represent the impact of spasticity
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