Limitations on a Child with Cerebral Palsy and Helping their Friends Understand


Cerebral palsy doesn’t define me, when I was a child probably the biggest question my peers would ask was if I missed being able to do certain things. Things that due to the physical limitations I have never experienced or if i have they have been adapted in some way.

Explaining Physical Limitations to a Child

For example sake, I remember my classmate asking me once: if I missed being able to play basketball since I was in a wheelchair. I did my best to explain, that I had played basketball from my wheelchair, But of course there are things that by there nature I either hadn’t done or had yet to find a way to adapt it.

Chances are you won’t need to explain the limitations to the child with a disability. They will figure out what they are capable of all on their own. It’s about helping your child’s peers understand the limitations for your child physically:

  • they probably won’t be able to keep up
  • snow and grass are harder to navigate
  • being physically slower is frustrating (your kid may not admit this, but its the truth)

By allowing your child’s friends to ask questions about what cerebral palsy means for your child it will probably make them forget that your child and their friend is any different from themselves. This is especially true if the kids are able to bond by having similar interests.

if you have any tips about explaining cerebral palsy to other children please share in the comments below

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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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