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There is no one-size-fits-all piece of advice on how to raise children with cerebral palsy. Parents and caregivers of children with CP can expect to take on numerous, unique responsibilities that may last for a child’s lifetime. Raising a disabled child takes time, effort, empathy, and patience.
Staying organized helps reduce the stress of caregiving. Organization is all about being ready for the road ahead. Not only does keeping everything in order make life less stressful on the parent or caregiver, it gives them a realistic vision of what to expect in the future. Lists and calendars are essential tools for the organized parent or caregiver.
Some things every parent and caregiver needs to keep listed include:
Parents should learn everything they can about cerebral palsy. They need to know how it affects movement, its underlying causes, how it’s treated and how children with the condition develop differently from non-disabled children. In addition to learning the basics, parents need to know the in’s and out’s of their child’s specific condition. No two children with cerebral palsy are exactly alike when it comes to their movement issues and other disabilities.
Understanding the how’s and why’s of the condition makes it easier for parents to imagine what life is like for their child. Cerebral Palsy Guide covers all the basics of CP that parents of a recently diagnosed child should know.
All too often, parents get so wrapped up in raising their child that they forget to care of themselves. The emotional and financial strains that come with cerebral palsy can be a lot to handle, and it’s important for parents to address and prevent these burdens up front. Here are some tips for new parents who are raising a child with cerebral palsy:
There is a multitude of free resources available for parents who have a child with cerebral palsy. These resources include government programs, financial assistance and early intervention programs that provide free treatment for children with cerebral palsy who aren’t in school yet. There are also numerous support communities where parents can talk to people who have gone through what they are experiencing.
To learn more about the support options that Cerebral Palsy Guide can offer you and your family, try downloading our free Cerebral Palsy Guide. This guide includes over 60 pages of in-depth information for children and parents of a child with CP.