how to help your childs classmates or peers understand cerebral palsy

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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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to how to help your childs classmates or peers understand cerebral palsy

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s great that you’re helping the general public better understand Cerebral Palsy and its implications. If everyone were better educated about these issues, the world would be a friendlier and easier place. If you ever want to check out some of our resources or share your story to another audience, feel free to visit Cerebral Palsy Family Network. Keep up the good work!

  2. Tim S says:

    The light bulb analogy is great. That actually makes it a lot easier to understand even if I can’t truly relate.

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