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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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