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  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Special Kids with Special Needs – Part 3 (12/18/2014) - Gifts for Children with General Movement Challenges Our final post in this three-part series offers gift ideas for children with general movement challenges. Issues with balance, movement, and coordination are not uncommon among growing children. The toys featured here are designed to keep kids moving at any ability level. 1. Strider® Bike Kids with movement more...
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Special Kids with Special Needs – Part 2 (12/15/2014) - Gifts for Children with Erb’s Palsy Our second post of this series focuses on gift ideas for children with Erb’s Palsy.  The weakness in the arm or shoulder muscles typically experienced by children with Erb’s Palsy should not prevent a child from engaging in imaginative and active play. The toys shown here are lightweight and more...
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Special Kids with Special Needs (12/12/2014) - Looking to find just the right gift for a special child with special needs? Take a look at the options below – you’ll find  squeal-inducing toys that are fun, age-appropriate, and perfectly suited to differently abled children.  We’ll be posting three separate articles, each of which will focus on a specific disability. Our first group more...
  • Creative, Wheelchair-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas (11/3/2014) - Candy, parties, and fun with friends — what isn’t there to love about Halloween? Unfortunately, Halloween can be a difficult time for children with birth injuries who are wheelchair bound. They may feel extremely limited by their chairs when it comes to costumes; they don’t want to be Batman in a wheelchair — they just more...
  • Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day (10/1/2014) - United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) estimates that 764,000 children and adults in the U.S. manifest one or more of the symptoms of cerebral palsy (CP). When you look at CP’s reach on a global level, however, – 17 million people have CP worldwide – it is clear that CP affects families all around the world. To more...
  • The Joy of Inclusive Playgrounds (9/10/2014) - Every child has a right to experience the simple joys of whooshing down a slide or flying high on a swing. But for children with special needs, a visit to the neighborhood playground can be filled with peril. That’s because playgrounds, as they have been traditionally designed, are often not suited for children with any more...
  • University Seniors Develop High-Tech Therapy Aid for Cerebral Palsy Patients (9/10/2014) - Five seniors at Rice University in Houston, Texas have created a device that greatly improves the way occupational therapists track and measure the clinical progress of patients with cerebral palsy. The Rice engineering students developed the tool, named “DeXcellence”, as part of their senior capstone project, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children—Houston. A Simple more...
  • NFL Star’s Football Academy Inspires Kids and Funds Cerebral Palsy Research (8/22/2014) - Robert Turbin, Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion and former star running back for Utah State University (USU), hosted the Robert Turbin Football Academy at the Stan Laub Indoor Training Center on the campus of USU earlier this summer. Turbin plans to host an additional training camp in Fremont, California, his hometown. Nearly 50 kids between more...
  • Adaptive Programs Make Museums Accessible for All (8/15/2014) - Regular exposure to the arts can play an important role in a child’s creative, intellectual and social development. Just because a person may have a physical, social, or other disability should not prevent him or her from benefitting from all that museums have to offer. Fortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990, requires more...
  • Spinal Surgery Helps Boy with Cerebral Palsy Take First Steps (8/11/2014) - At a time when most children are focused on learning their numbers, letters, and colors, 5-year-old Alejandro Lucero has an additional assignment: learn to walk. Alejandro Starts to Walk after Cerebral Palsy Surgery Alejandro was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2. One year later, he underwent spinal surgery to loosen his tight more...