Cerebral palsy is a brain paralysis or a non-progressive neurological disorder that damages the brain's motor area which results in failure of brain development. These injuries to the brain may be caused before the baby is born, during the birth process or after birth. Here, the most commonly affected children are below 2 years of age! It is however not a hereditary disease nor does it pass on to others contagiously. But, the damage done to the brain is irreversible and the effects of this condition can either improve or worsen over time. The secondary disorders that can arise due to this condition have to be controlled with the help of therapies suggested by the consulting physical or occupational therapist.
Since the type of brain damage varies from person to person, the treatment will be based on the condition of the child. There can be many problems that a child might face such difficulty in walking, running, holding objects or feeding. All these have to be treated with the help of physiotherapy and cerebral palsy exercises that can improve a child's motor skills. The child should be diagnosed as early as possible, once the symptoms arise, so that it can be given appropriate treatment to make your child lead a normal and independent life.
Treatments for a child with cerebral palsy include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Exercises, games and outdoor activities along with treatment will keep your child stress free as well as bring about mental benefits and stress relief. So, it is necessary that a parent should choose activities that a child enjoys!
There are many activities that a child with cerebral palsy can be made to do. They include putting your child on the floor and making him explore his surroundings by changing his position often if he does not move. You can take your child to parks, gardens, zoos, playgrounds and markets to improve their sensory system. Muscle tone can be increased by playing games that will encourage crawling and weight bearing exercises. You can place the child's toys at a distance so that he can reach out to pick them by crawling.
Give different kinds of toys that will stimulate the child in color, shape, texture and smell. Also, make sure that they are safe to play with! You can enroll your child in gym classes or other physical fitness exercises that cater to the special needs of your child. Encourage your child to make friends and play with them regularly. You can even take him to swimming classes or help him ride a bicycle that will improve his muscle flexibility. Give your child some fun activities to do like drawing, painting or clay molding which will help increase his creative achievement and ability to hold objects. If your child has communication problems then you can even take help from communication devices.