Inclusion: Help or Hinderance?

For the past few years there has been an increased push for children of all ages with special needs to be integrated into “typical peer” situations. While it can be the magic ticket for some children, it is not for everyone.

The parents of many children with special needs want their child to be “normal”. Part of this is moving into a traditional classroom. Some parents push their children into “typical” peer groups as early as when they are infants with the hope that it will make it so. There is a case for this type of action, but there are caveats as well.

Pro: Inclusion is an older concept than many people think. Vygotsky discussed it in his theory of education. He felt that putting children in an environment where there are peers of varying abilities would eventually move children to the middle of the developmental range present in the classroom. Each child would learn, not only from their teacher, but from their peers as well. For children with special needs inclusion can be an ideal learning environment. They may benefit from more verbal peers who can help them with social speech skills. For example, children can learn how to use their words for conversation, pretend play, and turn taking skills by working with their classmates who talk more. Children also see how other children are behaving in group situations and can adapt things to match. Peers who are more mobile can also motivate children with challenges to join in the fun.

Cons: For some children inclusion is extremely difficult. For those with extreme needs, even having a personal aid may not be enough for them to fully engage with others in the class. Children with severe motor needs and reduced cognitive ability may not reap the same benefits from an inclusion situation. These children may end up sitting alone or not receive the individualized care that they need to prevent pressure sores or other medical issues. In the same light, children with issues such as autism may find the inclusion classroom too stimulating for them. This can cause behavioral outbursts, self abusive behavior, and self-isolation. Likewise, an aid can do too much for the child or make too many exceptions to the point where the child is doing little to no work in the inclusion classroom. While the inclusion may be the least restrictive environment, the structure may not be ideal for the best possible exit.

Special Considerations: All of this being said, there are some factors which also need to be considered. Some schools have a well established and tested program for inclusion. They introduce inclusion in a scheduled and monitored manner. They utilize transition tools such as Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and social stories to help make the process easier. The educational team meets regularly to discuss concerns and brainstorm solutions. Other schools are not as organized. In these situations, children may be placed into a “typical” classroom without the support needed to be successful. Teachers and aids may not be trained on communication and motor needs or how to engage children with special needs. The team may not communicate amongst themselves or with the family. Without good support and communication, the success of the inclusion program is limited.

Parents need to truly look at their child and determine the abilities and issues which can make inclusion helpful or harmful for them. Talking to the school about their policies, communication, and support for not only the child but the rest of the team can help determine if inclusion is a good fit. Inclusion is not for everyone. Some children need more attention through their day. By taking the time to truly examine the needs and abilities of the child and how they can work within the different classroom options, parents and educational teams can find the most successful and appropriate placement!

© R. Wellman 2011

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When Less Therapy Is More Beneficial

Many times as a therapist I recommend to parents that we reduce the amount of time a child spends in therapy. Naturally, they are concerned that less will be; well, less. To the contrary, sometimes less is more in the world of therapy.

Children need time to process information. Typically, they learn something from a teacher or therapist and will “practice” it over several days to several weeks before they master it. Teachers and therapists present the same information over and over again in both the same and in different approaches with the goal of developing a pattern or schema which will become a foundation for learning more information later. Some children need more time to process the information or are able to build onto these foundations on their own. For these children, spreading out therapy sessions can be beneficial because they can gain the information at a more appropriate pace and they will be more attentive and productive within those sessions.

For other children it is simply too much for them to have several hours of therapy a week. Many young children have physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy at least once a week, and some also have developmental therapy, social work, music therapy, group therapies, and other interventions. Older children can have all of these in addition to a traditional or modified school day. While each therapist symptoms they are the pivotal person for that child, sometimes taking a backseat to another intervention or empowering the parents to take the lead in their child's progress can be more beneficial for the child.

Giving a child the opportunity to focus on those goals which are most important to them and their family at the time can promote increased progress towards that goal. For example, if the primary goal for a child is mobility adding additional therapies to work on other goal areas can distract a child and cause “burnout” for both the child and the family. The constant parade of therapists can cause a child to be complacent, frustrated, or resistant to interventions. Less work can be accomplished when a child does not wish to engage with any of the therapists on their team. This level of burnout can also frustrate the family and decrease their interest in continuing or engaging in therapy services.

Part of being a member of a therapy team is knowing how to work well with other therapists. A good team will communicate with each other and support each other's goals and objectives. All members of the team will encourage speech, reinforce motor skills, and promote cognitive development. Because of this overlap within a good team not everyone needs to have “hands-on” time with the child every week. Strong and dedicated parents can follow through with the work of all of their therapists which can also decrease the need for as many therapists in the home.

Finding the right balance in the amount of therapy can be a difficult task for a therapist. For some children, the less is more approach is perfect, but it is not for every child. Working with the other therapists on the team and the parents, the right amount of intervention can be found and children with special needs can reach their goals with less frustration and more enthusiasm. In the end it certainly comes down to a difference between quality and quantity. Quality therapy time is really what our kids need to not only meet their goals but surpass them!

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Natural Ways to Get Taller Without Pills

If you are in search of natural ways to get taller, then you have come to the right site. Do you wish you were a little taller than you are now? A lot of people believe that they can not grow taller because of their gene. This is absolutely false, as you can still increase your height at any age even if your being short was caused by your gene. There are a number of things you wish you could do if you were a little bit taller than you are now. Well, you are in luck because I am going to reveal some tips to help you get taller naturally.

In this article I will show you some natural ways to get taller, methods that you have never thought about before.

Exercises

If you want to get taller, then you have to consider doing exercises. However, not all exercises are good to increase height. When it comes to exercises to increase height, stretching exercises is the most effective. The fact is that, growing taller is credited to the bones in the legs and spine. So, you must do exercises to work on the bones in the spine as well as the bones in the legs. Example of stretching exercises includes hanging on a bar, push-ups, inverter machine etc.

Sleeping

You might not be aware that sleep can make you grow taller, but it's the fact. It has been scientifically proven that, growth hormones are secreted when we are sleep. Also, when we wake up in the morning we are usually taller and during the day we return our usual height. This is because of the pull of gravity on the body. Therefore you can grow taller just by changing the way you sleep, that is, you must adopt a good sleeping posture in order to increase your height.

Nutrition

Apart from exercises to grow taller, a proper diet as well plays a great role in the growth of anyone. Calcium and protein are the primary nutrient that must be contained in your diet, if you wish to grow taller. Although both nutrients are important, calcium is more essential as it aids the growth of bones. For someone who wants to increase in height, dairy products like red meat, fish, eggs and vegetables must form the basis of their diet.

Posture

Many believe that being tall is hereditary, and for those who are short they simply can not change it. Well, that is false. You might not be aware of this, but your spine attributes 35% of your height. This simply means that a person with poor posture or spinal problem may lose 2 – 4 inches. Your everyday posture is a factor to favor a harmonious body development. To prevent your spinal column from suffering distortion of height, you must avoid a slouch or bump body posture.

These are the most important aspects to keep in mind if you really want to grow taller naturally.

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How to Grow Taller by Improving Your Posture – Height Enhancement Posture!

A lot of people feel embarrassed or unhappy about their height and wish they could add a few inches to their height. For this reason, the topic “how to grow taller improving your post” is one that is of paramount interest. Poor posture usually leads to stunted growth, and can as well cause back problem in some cases. By improving your posture, you will be able to increase your height and avoid severe back pain.

The spine is naturally curved in an “S” shape and that is the reason the body is flexible. The “S” shape of the spine makes it possible for the body to be able to twist from side to side as well as bend forward and backward. The spinal column is made up of vertebrae (bones in the column column). Nerves pass through the vertebrae from the brain to the lower part of the body. Also, cartilage is present between the vertebrae which makes twisting from side to side and bending forward and backward of the vertebrae possible.

Despite the fact that this cartilage is very flexible, it can suffer deterioration in due course if you adopt bad posture. Bad posture can actually cause the cartilage to wear out and thereby affecting your height.

Your posture has a great role to play in your height. You will be able to grow taller by just having the right posture. Exercising regularly, walking straight up without a bump and sitting appropriately can actually make you grow taller. Millions of people all over the world suffering from back pain are as a result of bad post. In fact, bad posture can make you lose 2 – 4 inches of your precious height.

If you are asking “how to grow taller by improving your posture”, you must adopt a regular exercise regime. Stretches are extremely effective to help improve posture and stretch out the body in full. There are several types of stretching exercises and among the effective ones are; cobra, push-ups, basic leg stretch, the bride and other yoga stretching exercises. These stretching exercises will not only improve your post, but will help you gain height over time.

Also, a proper diet composed of protein, calcium and fat can as well help to boost the spinal column cartilage. Protein is an essential nutrient and it's composed of amino acid. It's commonly referred to as “the building blocks of life” because it particularly aids the overall growth of the body. Calcium on the other hand is even more important as it helps the bones to grow. Fats are of two types; saturated and unsaturated fat. Saturated fat is harmful to the body and you must do all you can to avoid them. However, saturated fat can increase height if available in small quantity in your diet. Proper diet as well as stretching exercises causes the column column's cartilage to thicken and turn out to be stronger in due course, and thenby resulting in height increase.

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Pesticides – Problem or Solution for Those With Developmental Disabilities?

Humans and pests have been fighting for the same space since the dawn of man. Back as far as the time of the Great Pyramids, cedar boughs were buried with the Kings so that the bugs would stay away. Fast forward to today and each lawn and garden supplier, every hardware store, even grocery and drug stores have a myriad of products to kill every pest imaginable. And that is just for the homeowner – commercial agriculture is identical different.

The mindset of many is having vegetables without a pest has become our right. Our flowers are perfect, our shrubs pristine and our food supply devoid of anything offensive that could remotely indicate pests. Seems like progress, right? But is it?

Most pesticides in use today are leftover nerve gas technology from World War II. These are neuro-toxins which means they affect the central nervous system. That would be mercifully the basic life functions of insects but in the scope of humans, the central nervous system is the brain. So seems pretty obvious that the poisoning of the brain would certainly affect those diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities.

These pesticides are not natural products – they are synthetic chemicals that do not exist in nature. Because they are not natural, our bodies can not metabolize them. So every step of the food chain concentrates pesticides that are not capable to metabolize out of the previous link in the chains' system of filtration.

The crops we eat are bombarded with pesticides which are absorbed through the roots and leaves to become part of the plant's basic cell structure. Then these crops are fed to our cattle and chickens which concentrate them more. Then we eat the crops as well as the meat that has had pesticides used throughout every step and suddenly, we see a marked increase in cases of Autism. Many diseases are indisputably linked to pesticides including ADHD, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Birth Defects, Learning Disabilities, Cancer, etc.

Pesticides in the body are like plastic in the landfill – they will never go away. Granted, crop yields are at an all time high as less produce is lost each year to pests – that is a good thing. But if the harvest provides another layer of synthetic poison, is that a good thing?

These are truths about pesticides that are downplayed or dismissed altogether by the groups who profit from their use. A farmer who wants greater crop yields is understandable but if that farmer is told the only avenue to increase production is through toxic, synthetic neuro-toxins, something is very wrong. That is not progress – it is greed at the consumer's expense.

There are safe, natural pest control options. Natural, green pest control exists that is safe, does not bio-accumulate up the food chain, is easily metabolized within human and animal systems and it works. However, the marketing machine of big chemical business desires consumers to disregard natural solutions and go for the synthetic toxins.

The biggest challenge will be to shift the expectations that perfect produce and plants are unrealistic and achieved only through toxic chemicals. Understanding that 'naturally grown' means 'healthy' and natural, green pest control is viable will be a slow, but possible process. It reminds me of a time at a Farmer's Market where a woman was inspecting an ear of corn and discovered a worm. She shrieked at the farmer about how horribly surprised she was and what did he have to say about it. His answer was priceless, “I'm saying we do not use any pesticides ma'am.” She stormed off and I bought a dozen.

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Eating Fruits And Vegetables Could Be Causing ADHD

How You Can Avoid Them.

Chemicals in our environment are being linked to serious health problems, developmental delays and even heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Researchers have pointed the finger at various plastics, pesticides, even fertilizers, as they seem to have the unfortunate ability to interfer with our endocrine system, which controls hormone functioning in our bodies.

Scrub your vegetables well

You need to scrub your vegetables well before using them, or buy organic produce if you can. You should also avoid the use of insecticides in your home and garden. This is the latest news from researchers who have carefully looked at what pesticides could be doing to your children.

We know that we have loads of chemicals in our environment today, but they are now being linked directly to serious health problems, developmental delays and even heart disease, diabetes and obesity. And they are affecting our children's behavior.

Not just vegetables

Researchers have pointed the finger at various plastics, pesticides, even fertilizers, as they seem to have the unfortunate ability to interfer with our endocrine system, which controls hormone functioning in our bodies.

ADHD (attention defect hyperactivity disorder) has now been added to the list of ailments that could have been associated with pesticides, in particular organophosphates. The researchers found that even at very low levels, this particular group of pesticides was linked to the behavioral concerns associated with ADHD. In analyzing levels of these compounds in the urine of more than 1000 children aged between 8 and 15, they found that those with the highest levels had the highest incidence of ADHD.

Furthermore, children that had any detectable above-average levels were more than twice as likely to have symptoms of this behavioral disorder, when compared to children that had no detectable levels.

Researchers controlled other variables

Although the researchers were quick to state that this is only an association and not to be construed as a causal link, they did control for many other variables, which may also play a role, such as family socio-economic status, education, and family structure.

One of the reasons that they are pretty confident that there is a strong association is because organophosphates are known to cause damage to neuronal connections in the brain, which is why they are so effective at killing the pests that want to eat our produce. In fact, animal studies produced the same effects. So this study has confirmed the link.

They suggest avoiding insecticides in the home, purchasing organic produce if possible, or scrubbing conventional vegetables and fruit, which will reduce some of the pesticide residual.

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Cerebral Palsy Exercise – Yoga

An ancient Indian practice which involves body movements and training the mind to achieve balance is called yoga. The purpose of yoga is to make an individual healthy, both physically and mentally. Practicing yoga as part of the daily routine is beneficial for persons with disabilities. The different postures or asanas, in particular the twists and inversions, help in stimulating the internal organs and the nervous system. Yoga for children with cerebral palsy is a technique designed to give natural development to the child. Yoga helps with flexibility and also increases self awareness and self esteem.

Cerebral palsy is the common permanent disability during childhood that is caused due to damage in brain before, after or during birth. The characteristics of cerebral palsy are tight muscles, compromised posture and restricted movement. For children and teens with cerebral palsy the asanas in yoga can help them to stretch, increase flexibility, realign the spine and augment range of motion. Doing yoga poses helps in stretching and relaxing of the muscles and reduces the high muscle tone. Yoga for spanish can be done in many ways. The space between the vertebrae is lengthened, relaxes the pressure on nerves and leads to various movements to increase coordination and flexibility.

Usually children with cerebral palsy are very weak, the spastic muscles are not necessarily strong any weight-bearing activities are difficult for these children to maintain mobility. Frequently these children display impaired posture and a common problem seen is the scoliosis. In yoga the stretches and movements bring out one-sided tightness and helps in lateral curvature of the spell. Poses like looking upward and extending the spine makes the child come out of a slouched position. A part of yoga routine is to repeat the movements which help in developing the motor memory. Continuous practice leads to increase in smoothness and accuracy of movement which helps in body control.

While practicing yoga, relocating between positions is very important which includes shifting the weights and transferring the center of gravity by having control on the body. With these transitions the child's proficiency increases the body's response and the child can use muscles efficiently to maintain the body balance. Another common problem with cerebral palsy is the respiratory problems. The deep breathing done in yoga exercises the chest and lungs leading to expansion, further helping the child in keeping the airways clear. Breathing exercises also increases the spinal movement, stomach and back muscles are strengthened, and stimulate the internal organs. The nervous system is very sensitive for children with cerebral palsy which makes them stressful. We can overcome this by doing yoga where yoga teachers to concentrate and pay attention to sensations of the body. It also lectures to respond to areas of tension. Over all yoga helps the child to face the challenges calmly.

There are a number of yoga asanas which is essential and very helpful for children with cerebral palsy. Modifying the poses and performing it evenly helps the child to balance and make movements. It is not important how correctly the child does the pose, but how the body, breath and mind are integrated while doing these cerebral palsy exercises .

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Cerebral Palsy Exercises for Children

The best part of a cerebral palsy therapy is exercising. There are numerous advantages for a child suffering from cerebral palsy to exercise because it improves muscle strength, flexibility, muscle tone and mobility. Exercises also help the bones, since it gives them structure and also improves their strength. There is a misconception that one has to employ an expert therapist for the treatment of cerebral palsy. But parents themselves can teach and help their children perform exercises if they are willing to spend some time with the child. However they should remember to consult an expert in regards to the exercises for cerebral palsy, so that the therapist can advise good programs considering the child's age.

In the normal development of a baby we can notice that the arms and legs of the baby are in continuous motion. When a baby rolls, crawls and sets, the baby will be exercising without any efforts. Spontaneous exercises are limited for babies with cerebral palsy because they will not be able to do all these movements. Babies with CP are inactive when compared to other babies because of which exercises are very essential for children with cerebral palsy. Movements of any type will help the child to maintain its potential. Sensory and motor exercises are the building blocks for development of cognitive skills.

Some of the exercises that a child can be made to do are as follows:

If throwing the child up in the air helps the child to become stiff, think of some activity involving the trunk rotation and even leg separation, this can be done to reduce the child's tone. Another alternative for this is the game of merry-go-round. One should always remember that a low-tone child responds to fast movements, while a child with high-tone will respond in slow pace. There are two common guidelines which can be followed by the parents and caretakers of the children suffering from cerebral palsy to make the child move which is a part of their exercise regimen. The first guideline is that they can place the objects necessary far from the child, so that the child may crawl to get them. And the second is to encourage the child to do physical activities those of which the child is capable of doing independently.

Arm and leg cycling are the best exercises for children with cerebral palsy. Stationary machines can be used while doing this in indoors, and fitted machines are used in the outdoors. The child can enjoy doing this while it strengthens the muscles. Another basic thing that a child with cerebral palsy should do is stretching. This should be considered as the base of all other exercises along with jogging and stair climbing which are simple activities that help in muscle flexibility.

One can encourage movement of the child through roughhouse play for young children whereas other children make it a part of their regular exercise. This cerebral palsy exercise is important for the development of touch and vestibular which means response to movement. The child will enjoy roughhousing and it will be beneficial only if the caretakers pay attention to the child's body.

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Severe Cerebral Palsy – Caring for Children

Children with cerebral palsy need more attention than other children! It is important to realize that these children need special care in movement, interaction and communication. The degree of severity for each child variants and the main focus should be on symptom management through proper treatment for children with severe CP. The condition is not curable and the aim of cerebral palsy treatment is to help the child towards living an independent life. Children with cerebral palsy need a long term treatment to reach their maximum potential and for this, the first task should be to increase their self confidence. Usually these children suffer from speech difficulties, muscle spasms and muscle imbalance apart from experiencing emotional and psychological distress and other cerebral palsy symptoms.

A dedicated team is required with experienced medical practitioners for caring these children with severe cerebral palsy. The members of the team should be knowledgeable professionals with various specialties. First of all a physician who is trained in development of disabled children is required. Then the physician will correlate with other members of the team and follow the child's progress during the treatment. Some ways to care for children with severe cerebral palsy include:

Physical therapy is a training given to a child's body and muscles to coordinate at an early age itself, so that it does not lead to dependence later on. Therapies given in early age can prevent the child from becoming fixed, rigid and immobile. Special programs are designed and implemented by the physical therapist to improve movement and strength of the child. If the parents are finding it difficult to take care of children along with their day-to-day living and work, they can learn skills from an occupational therapist.

Children with severe CP will usually have trouble in communicating, here a speech and language pathologist's assistance will be required. The therapist will concentrate on building the child's ability to speak and also helps in improving the child's ability to eat.

Daily living therapy is a type of therapy which improves the skills of the child to perform its day to day activities like dressing and feeding. Cerebral palsy affects the muscles which coordinate the eye movement. Therefore the hearing and vision therapy gives hearing aids and help the child to interact in their world in a better way. Social workers can also help these children by arranging special programs with community assistance and educational program for the child and their family.

Additional assistance to increase the child's ability is done through behavioral therapy. This therapy involves techniques and cerebral palsy exercises to reinvigorate the positive behavior and discourage the negative behavior. Despite the age and the form of therapy that is being practiced, the treatment will not end at any time in a day. Caring for children with severe cerebral palsy is a full-time job. The family members are also the key team members in the treatment. Many daily activities which were not possible for the kids to do are now easily being done with the help of all these therapies that are taken care by the parents or the caregivers.

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Cerebral Palsy Suggested Exercises

Cerebral palsy is a condition that arises due to a group of disorders in the nervous system and the brain. People with cerebral palsy find difficulty in movement, seeing, hearing, thinking and learning. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disease that has no cure! If a person suffering from this condition has to be made independent, it is possible only if the prime cause of this condition is deal with, which is strengthening of the muscles with the help of exercises.

Cerebral palsy fitness training includes a lot of things that a person suffering from this condition needs to learn so that he / she can live by their own. There are many exercises and therapies that can be framed for the patient depending on his motor ability. When therapies are given along with other cerebral palsy exercises then it can increase muscle strength and flexibility. It also prevails atrophy of muscles which is a rare condition that can occur in children and adults suffering from cerebral palsy.

Exercises play a very vital role in the life of a child with cerebral palsy. There are many simple exercises that can be done by the child in his daily routine. Some exercises that can be done at home without any difficulty include arm cycling, chair aerobics, dancing, jogging, leg cycling, rowing, stair climbing, swimming, walking, water exercises, weights training, wheeling and yoga and, tai chi.

Arm cycling, chair aerobics and dancing help in the improvement of heart and lung efficiency, strength and endurance as well as flexibility and range. Arm cycling is an activity that stimulates bicycling but is done with the arms instead of legs. Special equipments like erogmeters can be used when done indoors. Chair aerobics is a combination of the upper body movements and stretches that are designed to increase flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Dancing is an exercise that is done in tempo of the music so that the speed of movement and intensity depends on the music. People with contractures and low bone density should avoid dancing and do other forms of exercise that is appropriate to their condition.

Resistance bands can also be used while doing cerebral palsy exercises and stretches. While doing this, stretching should be slow and precaution must be taken not to release the band when it is in a stretched position. These exercises help in increasing bone structure and strength as well as strength and endurance of muscles. Jogging is also a good form of exercise by running at a steady pace. However, proper shoes should be worn and people with contractures or degenerative joint disease should avoid this. Jogging increases heart and lung efficiency, bone structure, strength and endurance. Walking is a milder form of exercise and can be done without any assistance device. Yoga involves breathing and stretching exercises that help in flexibility and range of muscles. Tai Chi – a series of individual dance like movements linked together in a slow, continuous, smooth flow sequence can help develop bone structure and strength.

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Cerebral Palsy Training – Teaching Children

Cerebral palsy is a chronic medical condition that occurs due to the damage of the brain in developmental stages of a child. It can affect the child before, during or after childbirth. However, the reason for its occurrence is still unknown and at least one in 500 children is affected on an average. A child with cerebral palsy has weak muscle tone due to which there is poor muscle control that leads to many other disorders like difficulty in movement, thinking and learning. They will not be able to do many normal activities like eating and dressing too.

The symptoms of cerebral palsy starts showing only after two or three years and it is important that you consult a doctor once you notice any one of them. This will help reduction in secondary conditions that can improve or worsen over time. Every child has varying degree of severity of the condition; hence treatment will be based on this. While some may be mentally retarded, the others may have to live on a wheelchair but have intelligence that is equal to their peers. To help children with cerebral palsy live a normal life like any other child, they can undergo cerebral palsy training that will give them a certain level of independence to do their daily activities. However, it is not an easy feat!

Every child with cerebral palsy has a different treatment based on the severity of the condition that can be found out with the help of therapists. Teaching these children is not one person's task and need a team approach. This will include a doctor, caretaker, physical, speech and occupational therapist as well as special education teachers. The people involved in this will have to give special attention to the children and take care of all their needs.

The physical therapists will help children with CP to develop simple motor skills with the help of cerebral palsy exercises that is customized for every child. They will help in learning how to walk with braces and move independently whenever possible. They will also teach them to kick a ball, ride a bike and do other activities that will help strengthen their muscles. Similarly, the speech therapist will aim to improve the communication skills of the child. Speech therapy will develop speech and listening skills. Moreover, if you enroll your child to special schools that will give cerebral palsy training, then the teachers will help the children live with their disabilities. Teachers of these schools will have lots of patience and will cater to the needs of every child present in their school so that they can develop the child's abilities and make them live an independent life.

If your child has enough intelligence to attend normal schools, then you can put them in mainstream schools with normal children. They may find it difficult to understand or respond initially, but a little patience and encouragement can go a long way in motivating the child to fare well in school. It is also good for other children since it will develop in them a sense of compassion towards children who are different from them.

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Physical Fitness for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders in the nervous system caused due to injuries in the brain before, during or after the birth. Since the most common victims for this condition are children, there are many disorders that can be associated with it such as seeing, hearing, imagining, thinking and movement. There is no permanent cure for this condition; however treatment to make the child as independent as possible can be achieved. Physical fitness can play a key role in this treatment by helping the child to improve posture, muscle tone and balance.

Since the degree of the condition varies for each child, physical activities should be designed such that they are safe. Studies have shown that people with cerebral palsy who are inactive have a greater severity of symptoms and lower sense of well being than the active cerebral palsy patients who follow cerebral palsy fitness training. Many people with this condition lead a sedentary lifestyle due to the decreed motor skills which do not allow them to participate in sports or other physical activity. This leads to secondary conditions such as obesity, fragility, pain and poor growth patterns. Cerebral palsy fitness training can eliminate all these secondary conditions as well as give a sense of well being to the patient.

There are a range of fitness trainings that can be given to a child with CP such as flexibility training, cardio and resistance training. Flexibility training improves movement in people with CP with the help of static stretches that are not held for more than 30 seconds. These stretches have to be done at least thrice a week and yoga is recommended to be the best flexibility training for children with cerebral palsy.

For cardio training, aerobic exercises are proved to be beneficial since they improve endurance and cardiovascular health. Cycling for 20 minutes twice a week, swimming, mat exercises and modified aerobic dance routines are recommended, as well as other cerebral palsy exercises have proved beneficial. Similarly, resistance training is also a vital part of the fitness training for cerebral palsy children. Resistance training is a physical therapy that will improve a range of motion and overall muscle tone. These resistance training activities will work with the muscles of spine, core, arms, hips, legs and feet. These activities should also be modified according to the child's requirements so that he finds it enjoyable and fun.

However, children with CP need to do all these physical fitness programs under supervision of a physical therapist or physical trainer since they are specialized in the needs of special children. Moreover, the fitness program should be initiated only after consulting a physician and keeping in mind the safety modalities that are required to be kept in place based on the type and severity of cerebral palsy. If a child with cerebral palsy can not move about, then they can do it from a seated position. Beside, they may wish to use cuff weights and machines rather than resistance bands so that they do not lose grip while exercising!

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Cerebral Palsy Training and Exercises

Cerebral palsy is a condition that arises due to a group of disorders in the nervous system because of damage in the brain. It usually occurs in infants and children below 2 years of age and has no cure for it. Beside, each child will have a different amount of effect on them and it varies among children of the same age and condition too. Here, treatment should be done to control the condition and the secondary disorders that it may give birth to. For this reason, there are many therapies that can be given to the child on consultation with your doctor. However, the best therapy that a child with cerebral palsy can have is cerebral palsy exercises.

There are many advantages of these exercises. The prime cause of cerebral palsy is the damage to the muscle tone which has to be dealt with, with the help of exercises. Cerebral palsy fitness training has exercises that can improve flexibility, muscle strength, muscle tone, mobility and strength. Not only this, cerebral palsy exercises preserves the bone structure and improvements bone strength to a great extent. Moreover, chances of getting affected with chronic diseases will reduce and also achieve better circulation and lung strength. It also gives a sense of well being and stress release that eliminates any negative sensations.

Before beginning with the exercises, a parent needs to consult doctors and therapists to decide what is required for the child. The obvious fact that each child has varying amount of disorders will require a thorough examination of the child so that an exercise regime that is suitable for the child can be framed. No average parent is aware about the condition altogether, but if a parent has the time to train the child, then physical and occupational therapists can give them programs that is designed keeping in mind the child's age, limits and safety.

There are many possible exercises that a therapist can give which will be appropriate to the child's specific needs. Arm and leg cycling are great exercises for cerebral palsy which can provide aerobic benefits and muscle strengthening. It can be done with the help of machines that are fitted either inside or outside according to the child's convenience. Stretching is another basic exercise that should be done by children with cerebral palsy in their daily routine. Jogging, walking and stair climbing are other options that will promote muscle flexibility as well as strength. Swimming is a fun exercise that both children and parents can engage in to improve flexibility, encourage movement and helps keep weight and strain off the bones and joints.

A child with cerebral palsy should be given some fun exercises that will keep the interest of the child through. You can also play games like hide and seek, play catch and other similar games that are good for your child as well as develop a bond between the two of you. There are numerous cerebral palsy exercises that you can try out, but it should be done only after consultation with the therapist so that they promote independence of your child.

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Cerebral Palsy Exercises And Benefits

Health plays a very important role in every individual's life. It is rightly said that health is wealth. However, well being of a person is the result of many factors such as physical activity, physical fitness and exercise. Participation in our daily activities like household work, gardening, walking or other chores will help maintain your health. Sports, nutrition and exercise can be taken part by people from all age groups and this will maintain your fitness levels. Similarly, exercise is particularly important for people with disabilities due to conditions such as cerebral palsy.

CP is a condition that occurs due to a group of neurological disorders caused because of injuries in the brain before, during or after birth. Since it most commonly affects infants and young children, appropriate treatment at the right time is very necessary. There are many significant issues that can occur in children with cerebral palsy and these can be controlled with the help of cerebral palsy exercises. Cerebral palsy condition has adverse effects on children and treatment for a child will depend on the amount of severity. There is no cure for this condition and treatment that includes treatments will be given to make the person as independent as possible.

Cerebral palsy exercises play a very important role in the treatment of this condition. The benefits of exercise in these children are immeasurable since they produce a lot of energy, stress release and good feeling. Cerebral palsy exercises help children to participate in individual and community programs since they improve a person's sense of well being and reduce stress to a great extent. They also maintain strength, flexibility, mobility and coordination of muscles. Besides, it also improves heart and lung efficiency along with benefits such as maintaining the bone structure, reducing risks of chronic diseases, assisting in weight control, blood pressure and osteoporosis.

Cerebral palsy exercises are recommended to be a part of a child's daily activities such as dressing and feeding. These exercises should be framed by occupational and physical therapists who will decide what your child should do depending on the condition. If your child has enough motor skills, then you can even enroll him in cerebral palsy fitness program in addition to the exercises that has to be done on a routine basis. Children with CP can take up gym classes, movement experiences and other programs that the child will like and especially framed for children with this condition. You can find instructors and staff trained for this to deal with your child's special needs and attend to him whenever required.

There are many exercises designed for children with cerebral palsy and it is the responsibility of the caretaker to apply the correct procedures so that it helps the child's movement. These cerebral palsy exercises are framed to increase the muscle tone and encourage normal movement so that they can be independent. However, if a child needs assistance, then the caretaker should be ready to give him a hand. Consult a physical or occupational therapist to tell you which program is best for your child.

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Cerebral Palsy Training – Activities For Children

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.

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