Living with Cerebral Palsy

Living with cerebral palsy is difficult for the child affected as well as for family and friends. The ultimate goal while coping with cerebral palsy is to help the child reach his full potential in terms of emotional, mental, and physical development. Integration into mainstream society is essential as most children (and adults) with CP are at their happiest when surrounded by their peer groups. However, it is not unlikely that children with CP develop social and emotional problems. Visiting a counselor or therapist can help equip the child and his family with the necessary coping skills to deal with this life long condition.

Apart from frequent check ups with the doctor and regular visits to the various therapists, people with cerebral palsy need the help and understanding of their family and friends. To provide this to the child, it is important for parents and siblings to educate themselves about the condition as well as the educational rights of children with the disease. Support groups can also help by providing motivation and encouragement during the tough times. It is recommended that parents work in coordination with teachers and school administrators to develop a customized learning plan for the child so that he can reach his full potential.