Everyday things that can be a challenge with cerebral palsy

English: Spoon

English: Spoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not all of the things that I am going to talk about here are an issue for me personally but I know for others with cerebral palsy the can be so I thought I would write this post.


Issues surrounding dressing

I know that for myself although I can usually do up buttons on a shirt I often where possible like to avoid them at all costs.  This is because issues of fine motor skills and dexterity play a role in why this is so difficult.  To simulate this: try buttoning up a dress shirt with a pair of oven mitts on.


I have friends who find it a challenge to grip things. Especially forks spoons drinking glasses, this can be solved by changing or adding a grip to these objects, thus making it easier to hold.  I have a few friends who have found reusable cups with straws that allow them to drink without having to bring it to up to their mouths to be useful also.

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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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