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Do people with severe cerebral palsy understand what you say to them?

There is such a wide range of severity with cerebral palsy. I am wondering if a 12-year-old child with very severe cerebral palsy (cannot walk, talk, eat without help) understands what I say to him. Thanks!
Thanks for your answers so far! Based on your answers, he may be able to really understand me. So to him, do you think it would be offensive if I talked to him very sweetly almost "baby talk"? Or should I speak to him (nicely of course) like any other 12-year-old?

Absolutely. Some are very smart and understand everything.

"Spastic Cerebral Palsy, the most common form of CP, causes the muscles to be tense, rigid and movements are slow and difficult. This can be misinterpreted as cognitive delay due to difficulty of communication. Individuals with cerebral palsy can have learning difficulties, but sometimes it is the sheer magnitude of problems caused by the underlying brain injury that prevents the individual from expressing what cognitive abilities they do possess."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebral_palsy  (+ info)

How do you deal with your limitations when you have Cerebral Palsy?

I have sometimes felt sad because I have Cerebral Palsy. Any tips on feeling better about it. And what about the anger that comes up too?

i'm an 18 yr old college student, i use a walker and have some difficulty with my left. honestly i doubt i could tell you how to deal with sadness or anger.What i will say is that sadness and anger is just a part of the human condition people are always anger or sad about something so even if you were perfect in everyway you'd still be sad or angry about something. the one thing thats gotten me through is humor and realizing that most people are incredibly ingnornate of people and things they have never had experience in or with (including myself).

ideas to overcome (corny)

1 stay objective in your thinking process- try and understand where people or the world in general is coming from.( its helped me)
2 i dont know your age but whatever it is set and hit goals that others think are impossible and force people to open their eyes to what you can do.

hope that helps some. remember you may feel lonely but you arent alone.

ps. i set a goal to walk by my 21st birthday and i been streching and working out 2-3 hours a day for months because i intend on hitting my goal i set for myself.
i also am going to learn 4 more languages in my lifetime.
im starting on Spanish next month
(it has helped my confidence in self worth just trying like i have been)  (+ info)

What are the chances of Cerebral Palsy being passed through to an unborn child during a pregnancy?

My fiancee and I want to have a baby, but he is worried that his cerebral palsy (mild) will be passed on to the baby and since he is older, he wouldn't be around to help me raise the baby and also he knows the cruelness and the hard times he had while he was growing up.

Your child's chances are the same as anyone else. Cerebral palsy isn't something that is passed down from parent to child, it is a birth defect that happens before birth, during birth, or perhaps even shortly after birth. It is usually the result of a stroke. So, I would not worry too much, as your husband cannot "give" your child C.P. It isn't apart of him in that way.  (+ info)

What kind of charity events exist to support Cerebral Palsy?

I am currently training for next years "Pedal to the Point" for the MS society. I have a brother with Cerebral Palsy, and I was wondering if there was anything that existed to support CP like a walk, run, or bike charity event. Anyone know of one?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Cerebral+Palsy+Charities  (+ info)

What are your tips on how to help babysit a child with cerebral palsy?

I am soon going to interview to nanny this summer for two children, one being a young boy with cerebral palsy. Does anyone have an experience babysitting or caring for any children with this condition? Do you have any tips for me or anything I should ask/discuss with the parents when I meet them? Thank you!

I've worked with children with development issues and I find that mostly during the interview the mother more or less talk about what is expected. These children usually have a very scheduled life, activities to stimulate their motor cortex, play time, and sometimes even medications or treatments that you might have to give during your shift Sometimes they also have special diets, specific ways of being fed depending on the severity of the disease or condition. walking can be very difficult, do they have a wheelchair, does this child transfer easily, will you be compensated if you injure your back or fall at their house, do they have insurance for you.
Just a few things to think about..  (+ info)

How many peps out there with a child with cerebral palsy and a deployed husband?

I have 3 daughters ages 7, 5, and 20 months. Eldest with cerebral palsy (can walk with walker and braces but mostly crawls, and doesn't talk). Husband is in Iraq for 2nd time, 3rd time overseas. Just wondering if there are anymore out there in the same "boat" that I'm in.

My husband is also military, but he's home right now.Our two year old has CP. Feel free to email me if you'd like someone to talk to. I can be contacted through Y!A and will give you my email then.  (+ info)

Who is a medical professional i could contact regarding the use of stem cells to cure cerebral palsy.?

My brother is an adult male with cerebral palsy due to birth trauma. I have heard of some interesting research being done regarding the use of stem cells in curing cerebral palsy. Could anyone provide me with a contact for more information or a site where the procedures are discussed more in depth? Thanks.

you could look on line to see who is doing clinical research or conducting
trials on this procedure and may by become part of the research trials.
like U C Davis in california is doing clinical trials on emplantable
contac lenses. you have to pay for the procedure, but at least you
can get it done if you don't want to wait till its available to the public.
if you type stem cell research trials in your computer search bar
i would think something will come up to lead you to what you need.  (+ info)

How can playing with a child that has cerebral palsy be beneficial?

Just wondering, what things I could do with a child that has cerebral palsy and what benefit does it have for them? School assignment

playing with a child that has cerebral palsy stimulates the 'learning' part of their brain, which can make it stronger...

singing with actions are good, as well as any action games, like simon says... etc. Colouring or Drawing, Shape sorter, Playing Tea Parties or something - anything that might encourage social interaction... try googling it, u may be surprised what you find!  (+ info)

How to treat Pancreatitis and Cerebral Palsy NEED HELP?

We have a 20 year old son with Cerebral Palsy who has been diagnosed with pancreatitis. He has had several episodes in the last several month. We are severely concerned because all the doctors cannot find what is causing it and what would be an appropriate course of action to treat it.

See another doctor. You are not going to get an answer here.  (+ info)

Does mild cerebral palsy have mental or physical limitations?

Say if the person with cerebral palsy talks to herself, and has tantrums. Does that have anything to do with cerebral palsy? Or is cerebal palsy just physical?

It CAN be both.... depending on how severe it is and how old the person is? like a five year old does tht anyways.... lol.   (+ info)

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