5 Ways to Empower Your Child who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

Online Connections are the Key

Bestselling Author Danielle Coulter said, “Dream It – Live It” in an interview with Carla Wynn Hall. The podcast/video interview was about Danielle’s book “Snowmass Angel”, a memoir of Danielle’s journey with cerebral palsy. See, Danielle’s birth resulted in the cord being wrapped around her neck, depriving her brain of oxygen, thus causing cerebral palsy (or CP).

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you may be in shock, wondering what to do. Danielle is just one of the many successful authors, entrepreneurs and leaders who have Cerebral palsy and have defeated the odds, more than once.

See, as a young child, Danielle would dream of skiing. She wanted so badly to go down the slopes of Aspen, Colorado. Danielle lived the dream when she created, with the help of her instructor “Rich”, a piece of equipment that would allow persons with CP to snowboard, with an instructor, down the slopes.

Danielle competed in the Special Olympics in Aspen last year and won 2 gold medals in her category. By shifting and changing the DNA of CP, Danielle has shown the world that if you can dream it, you can live it, no matter what. Here are 5 Useful Strategies for helping your child who has cerebral palsy.

  1. Look on Facebook with your child and find the videos of Danielle P. Coulter. Watch her snowboard down the slopes and let your child see how she is doing so good and having so much fun. This will encourage him or her to communicate with you about their own big dreams.
  2. Take a look online at videos of Challenge Aspen and allow your child to see the kids going down the slopes with support and an instructor. This just continues to enforce the theory that any child with CP can do many things.
  3. Teach your child how to use the keyboard by showing them how to play the piano. Music and the internet are great learning resources for children with cerebral palsy.
  4. Talk to your child “as if” they didn’t have cerebral palsy. Author Win Kelly Charles said “My parents never told me I had cerebral palsy until I was 8 years old”. They simply raised her as if she had no disability.
  5. Finally, allow your child to engage in video calls with family and friends. This teaches them how to communicate with others, especially if they are homebound for most of the day.

Cerebral Palsy was once looked at as a lifetime disability and those diagnosed, had little or no hope to be normal or live a normal life. Parents, teach your child nothing but the best. Take a look at ways you can just include them in everything, with no judgment and no guilt.

Cerebral Palsy’s grip is getting weaker and weaker with technology, information and education. Talk to your child’s soul. To their subconscious. Let them know they are amazing, awesome and capable.

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Published by Sabrina Thomas

I’m Sabrina Thomas. I’m a Speaker, an Author, and an Autism & Special Education Advocate. Most importantly, I am the mother to two sons. My youngest son, Omar, has inspired by passion for Autism awareness and Special Education. Omar has Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and an Intellectual Disability. I understand the importance of being a voice for the voiceless, and I feel it is my duty to spread what I’ve learned to those around me. It is my goal to raise awareness together so that we as advocates can change and better the lives of those with special needs both now and moving forward. The most rewarding part of my career stems from being able to give parents, families, and caregivers the power and knowledge they need to be the best possible advocates for those with special needs. I know firsthand how overwhelming life can be, which is why I find joy in speaking about what I’ve learned and sharing my life with others. I am transparent, encouraging, and inclusive in my messages. I believe that as the parent of a child with special needs, it is our responsibility to be a voice for our children when they can’t speak for themselves. However, I also believe in including and empowering our children in the process if they are able to be. Each child has an equal right to learn in whatever that may look like for them as an individual.

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