Parents of children with cerebral palsy not only have to be willing to take on bigger challenges than most parents will ever have to face, they also have to be very creative. Helping a child with cerebral palsy sometimes requires that you find innovative solutions to some of the difficulties that they deal with on an everyday basis. If your child has this condition, consider how the following actions might help them to enjoy a higher quality of life.
Explore the Limits
When somebody is confined to a wheelchair, it’s easy to only see their limitations. What’s challenging is to see what they could do. For example, sometimes people in wheelchairs – whether they have cerebral palsy or some other condition – enjoy outdoor activities. Fishing, for example, is something that doesn’t require walking around if you’re in a boat. If your child is safe in a watercraft and if they enjoy fishing, this is a great way to get them outside, to help them enjoy a bit of sunshine and to let them participate in an activity that they can do as well as anyone else.
No matter how severe the disabilities that your child suffers because of their brain injury, there are most certainly other parents out there who are dealing with similar situations. Make an effort to reach out to them. For your child, it’s sometimes comforting to have a friend who has similar disabilities and to whom they can relate on a level that they can’t relate to other people on. It’s important to have friends without disabilities, but it’s also important to have friends who really know something about your life that other people just won’t understand. Try to help your child find such friends.
Make sure you understand all of the ramifications of the type of cerebral palsy that your child suffers with and how medical science is finding new and more effective treatments for it. Keep informed about it. Keeping informed sometimes doesn’t result in you having information that you can use right at the moment, but it’s empowering to understand something that creates difficulties in your life and in your child’s life. Knowledge truly is power and having that sense of power can make life much easier to handle.