cerebral palsy and physical therapy

As a child growing up with cerebral palsy it makes your childhood different sure you play like any other kid but there was also a facet of cerebral palsy and physical therapy that for me became my household chore and I had to walk in my walker I hated it and I think that is a common reaction to it because of the amount of energy expelled I think. I don’t think I truly understood the value of cerebral palsy and physical therapy until I was sick and recently hospitalized. Because I was in bed for almost six weeks I lost a lot of muscle mass and had to start from square one if you will. I seriously was shocked at how week I was, it was weird because my brain was eager but I was physically weak so I would go to do something but I couldn’t physically do what I had previously been able to do
I only wish there was a way to make physical therapy fun for children. But the reality I feel is that is a difficult task, I think that if there was a way to make the kids engage in therapy without realizing it is therapy that’s the only way one would succeed at their goal.
As an adult however, I understand the value of physical therapy that I never understood as a teenager.
I think if you are struggling to have your child do physical therapy I want you to know you aren’t alone. As the child growing up doing therapy I hated it so I suspect others do too

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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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2 Responses to cerebral palsy and physical therapy

  1. I agree. Have you heard of this movie http://www.enterthefaun.com they talk about this issue A LOT in the movie and on the website. Also, I met somebody with a stroke who was weakened like you after a hospital stay and it was scary to see him in that state. This person found PT boring as heck too. I think making physical therapy more fun would benefit both adults and children with many different types of brain injury.

  2. what do you think that would look like?

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