Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - The Neuroscience of Learning

March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

According to the United Cerebral Palsy website:

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a broad diagnostic term used to describe a problem with movement and posture, due to damage or abnormalities in the brain that makes certain activities difficult. It is the most common motor disorder and the second-most common disability found in children.

Although many children with cerebral palsy face wide-ranging challenges, with the help of assistive technology, CP patients not only have the ability to overcome difficulty with mobility, but they also address difficulties with hearing and speech. As stated on the Cerebral Palsy Group website, assistive technology holds the potential to inspire:

Confidence – Physical and neurological impairment frustrates development for CP patients. Assistive and adaptive devices boost function, allowing for increased confidence and acceptance in their newfound abilities.
Self Sufficiency – The more a child contributes to his or her care and well-being, the less it falls upon parents and caregivers to cover every need.
Independence – Emotional and physical independence develop at their own pace. Assistive aids ensure the road to independence is not blocked by CP challenges.
Quality of Life – Equipped with assistive devices, CP patients experience life to its fullest. Custom adaptive equipment speaks to the needs of children of all ages, and evolves with them as they develop.

The Cerebral Palsy Foundation's goal is to provide education through interactive resources with regard to the profound impact proper interventions and support can have on those with Cerebral Palsy. As part of the site, the video library gives viewers access to the insight of experts. Today's blog post highlights one of the videos focusing on the effective ways to support a developing brain. To learn more about the neuroscience of learning, visit the CPF website and watch the brief video of assistive technology consultant and expert, Karen Janowski.

Source: Cerebral Palsy Foundation; Cerebral Palsy Group; United Cerebral Palsy

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