Pediatric stroke, hemiplegic cerebral palsy, and Easter baskets

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Kind of an unusual title, I know.  What’s the connection between hemiplegic cerebral palsy, pediatric stroke, and Easter baskets? I’ll paint the picture for you. Lots of kids in lots of places will be hunting Easter eggs this weekend.  Pretty […]

Transitioning to Adulthood

Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When the student has a disability, it’s especially helpful to […]

Intellectual Disabilities

Matthew’s Story Matt is 15 years old. Because Matt has an intellectual disability, he has been receiving special education services since elementary school. These services have helped him tremendously, because they are designed to fit his special learning needs. Last […]

Shampoo with One Hand

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How can I shampoo with one hand? Should I use a special shampoo dispenser? If you have limited use of one hand, you may find yourself juggling shampoo bottles in the shower. One option is to install a special shampoo […]

Lunch Trays, Milk Cartons, and Kindergarten: One handed

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I have a year before my son, who has left hemiplegia, starts all day kindergarten, and I’ve recently been having an anxiety attack about him having to carry a lunch tray, open a carton of milk, cut up his own […]

Using Tools – Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Slow Down Luka

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We’re doing some renovations and my sweet boy asked to try the drill. He put in about 15 screws… with success!! He’s so proud! His left hand is a helper but you can see he can open it well and […]

Things I have Learned From Having Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

I will never confuse my right and my left. Mouths are secretly hands that never grew fingers, and can be used as such. All doorknobs should be levers. Seriously. You try opening a doorknob with your fist when your other […]

Adaptation versus Innovation

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I was about seventeen when I learned that most people put on their socks with two hands. It probably sounds ludicrous but it’s true: my aunt was visiting and we were about to head out for something so I was […]

How to Wear a Shirt and an Arm Cast in Cold Weather

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Maybe your child with hemiplegia has broken his arm, is participating in constraint induced movement therapy, or may be wearing a special cast for stretching or following surgery. Below you’ll find one mom’s solution to what to wear in cold […]

Adding a Velcro Fastener to Pants – No More Buttons!

Children and adults with hemiplegia or hemiplegic cerebral palsy may have difficulty fastening pants with one hand. Below you’ll find an easy method of replacing the button with velcro. The final photo, which we do not have, would show the […]

Adapting Zipper Pulls for Children with Hemiplegia

Adapting Zipper Pulls for Children with Hemiplegia The photo shows a handle that has been added to a zipper pull. This photo shows a longer ribbon that has been added to a zipper pull. More Adaptive Clothing Ideas for Children […]

Elastic Waist Jeans for Kids and Adults with Hemiplegia

Searching for the perfect pair of jeans for your child with hemiplegia? Navigating buttons can be a challenge when using just one hand. Many of our kids eventually learn to button pants, but until then, or if they’re in a […]

NDEAM Poster Art competition – Texas Artist with Disability

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The deadline for submissions for the NDEAM Poster Art competition is coming up – March 15. Can you help us get the word out to artists and art teachers in your community? There is NO FEE for entries, and the […]

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy – Henry is Using His Hand

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Holy cow, it appears to be working! Constraint therapy actually appears to be working! Henry’s reaching with his affected arm, holding objects in his affected hand and actually POINTED his index finger upon request. HOLY COW. I don’t even know […]

You Don’t Need Two Hands

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When my daughter was seven days old, the doctors discovered that she had survived a perinatal stroke. This was the beginning of decades of physical and occupational therapy  – much of it aimed at helping her gain use of her […]