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Study: Intensive Physical Therapy Helps Promote Motor Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy

A recent study published in the journal Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics evaluated associations between physical therapy and gross motor progress in children with cerebral palsy. 442 Norwegian children participating in the study underwent either three or more sessions of physical therapy per week, or joined a similar intensive physical therapy program. Researchers found that intensive training enhanced progress on gross motor function during the study period and that progress was dependent on the number of training periods.

Robotic Device Encourages Movement in Babies with Cerebral Palsy

Robotic Device Encourages Movement in Babies with Cerebral Palsy

A robotic exoskeleton is being developed by a team at the University of Oklahoma to help babies with cerebral palsy  move and crawl. When treated at a very young age, therapies can help mitigate the effects of the disorder, which is caused by brain damage. The new machine is far from finished, the team indicates, but is currently undergoing a trial gathering brain activity data from 56 infants through the device’s electroencephalogram (EEG) cap. Encouraging movement and brain growth through therapies like this may help children with cerebral palsy develop the motor skills they lack and to help decrease the long term effects of physical and neurological damage.

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Meets his Saint

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Meets his Saint

Ten-year old Hunter was overcome with emotion when one of his heroes sat next to him at the restaurant where he and his family were dining. New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees surprised Hunter, who has cerebral palsy, with an unforgettable visit complete with an autograph and photo opportunity. Hunter’s family coordinated the visit through Pay It Forward Networking, an organization that grants the wishes of sick and disabled children through networking on social media—and he couldn’t be happier.

Nearly $4 Million Interim Settlement Reached for Child Injured at Birth

Nearly $4 Million Interim Settlement Reached for Child Injured at Birth

Twelve-year old Aaron has spastic quadriplegia and cerebral palsy, conditions he acquired when his brain was injured at birth. After filing a lawsuit against the hospital that delivered Aaron, his parents were recently issued a public apology—along with a €3.5 million interim settlement —for allegedly exposing Aaron to unnecessary risk at the understaffed, underequipped hospital. The case will come before a judge again when Aaron is 21 years old to assess his needs for his entire future, though the interim settlement ensures that his therapy and other needs will be met. “We can now look forward to a much improved but more importantly a much deserved quality of life for our beautiful son,” his mother Marianne said.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation. Your consultation is free, and it won’t cost you anything to file a claim.

Attorney Lisa Weinstein Discusses Signs of Cerebral Palsy

Attorney Lisa Weinstein Discusses Signs of Cerebral Palsy

A parent once asked me, “What are some signs and symptoms that my child may have cerebral palsy?” These are some common characteristics of cerebral palsy, which is often caused by brain damage during the labor and delivery process:

  • Difficulty feeding oneself
  • Developmental delays
  • Failure to reach milestones – such as rolling over, sitting, crawling or walking
  • Dragging ones feet
  • Walking on tiptoes
  • Behavioral problems
  • Therapies: speech therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy
  • Fine motor control deficits
  • Delayed language milestones
  • Cognitive delays
  • Abnormally low muscle tone (hypotonia)
  • Abnormally high muscle tone (hypertonia)

If you think your baby may have cerebral palsy, please call us today at 877-262-9767. We can help you determine if you may have a claim against the medical professionals that delivered your baby.

New Voice Recorded for Girl with Cerebral Palsy

New Voice Recorded for Girl with Cerebral Palsy

Maeve is all smiles when she hears her new voice for the first time through the talker that she uses to communicate. Cerebral palsy has made it difficult for Maeve to speak. While her computerized speech assist device enables her to communicate, she sounded nothing like the 8-year old girl that she is. With the help of her sisters Erin and Megan, the girls worked with Dr. Rupal Patel of VocaliD, a company that creates custom synthetic voices, to record an entirely new lexicon for Maeve. The new voice took nearly a year to finalize, but Maeve is thrilled with what she hears. “I want to say hi to Taylor Swift with my new voice,” she said.

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

In celebration of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month in March, UK-based Cerebral Palsy Sport invites you to get out there and play! The organization is the UK’s leading disability sports program, encouraging those with cerebral palsy to reach their full athletic potential. Offering sports from football to table cricket for people with the diagnosis, Cerebral Palsy Sport aims to improve participants’ quality of life through physical activity and active recreation. Supporting the charity’s work are its Sporting Ambassadors, including Paralympic World Cup track star Graeme Ballard, World Champion swimmer Matthew Walker, and Cerebral Palsy Sport’s newest Ambassador, tennis champ James Shaw.

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Dons Stellar Halloween Costume

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Dons Stellar Halloween Costume

Five-year old Sebastian received more than just candy this past Halloween when he went out trick-or-treating—his Star Wars-themed costume made headlines, and was likely the envy of several children on his block. Sebastian has cerebral palsy, and requires a walker to move around, which has made it tricky for his mother Chantelle to make his Halloween costumes every year. But this year, Sebastian channeled his inner Hans Solo as he rode his walker, transformed into the Millenium Falcon, up and down his neighborhood.

Inspiring Duo Completes Ironman Triathlon

Inspiring Duo Completes Ironman Triathlon

This year’s Ironman Wisconsin event saw many athletes cross the finish line, but 25-year old Nick Anderson did it while pulling his childhood friend Halden Markusen behind him. Halden has cerebral palsy, a condition caused by brain damage that impairs the body’s control of movement and posture. Nick and Halden participated in the triathlon in conjunction with myTEAM TRIUMPH, a nonprofit that helps disabled individuals compete in races by providing support, equipment, and perhaps most importantly—a devoted teammate. The duo completed the extreme endurance event with fans cheering them on until they crossed the finish line in under 16 hours. “It’s definitely very extraordinary,” said Christian Jensen, executive director of the Wisconsin Chapter of myTEAMTRIUMPH.  “It’s only been done a few times, to our knowledge.”

All-Around High School Athlete with Cerebral Palsy Isn’t Slowing Down

All-Around High School Athlete with Cerebral Palsy Isn’t Slowing Down

When high-school footballer Devon Barry suits up and takes the field, he looks just like any other defensive tackle—only he plays from his knees. Born with cerebral palsy, Devon gets around in a wheelchair or walker, but he doesn’t let that slow him down. His competitive nature, positive attitude, and confidence have enabled him to also excel in shot put, wrestling, wheelchair basketball and handball. “He’s one of the most optimistic kids you’ll ever meet,” his coach Chad Ashley said. Devon’s goals don’t stop on the athletic field, either—he aspires to study broadcast journalism in college, or manage his own company making products that help kids with disabilities, hoping to encourage other disabled teens to reach for their goals.

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