How to Help your Child with Cerebral Palsy (CP)

How to Help your Child with Cerebral Palsy (CP)Infants can develop cerebral palsy while still in utero or throughout the birthing process. Cerebral palsy happens when damage to the human brain affects activity, muscle mass or posture. A doctor should be able to detect cerebral palsy early on as the child develops and various signs appear. Cerebral palsy is not classified as a dynamic condition, and it does not worsen throughout life. Because it does not get worse, doctors can determine anticipated capabilities for the individual later in life. Doctor can also decide which treatments would work best based on certain developments in the condition. The main factors affected by cerebral palsy or CP are muscle mass control and body language. Cerebral palsy affects muscle mass not due to the nerves or muscle itself, but because of the failure of the brain to develop fully or because of damage to it before, during or after birth.
Around one in 300 infants are diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and many people would be able to recognize physical symptoms of the disease. While the disease isn’t rare, most people do not understand it completely. Public understanding can help children who have cerebral palsy receive proper treatment and reach their full potential. Better understanding will contribute to a more sensitive society in which those affected with CP can thrive.
Many children with cerebral palsy can also develop behavior or psychological problems. These problems may require treatment including behavior alteration and household therapy. These types of treatment are typically organized programs that help to alter habits. For example, until between 12 and 18 months old, children use both hands without a specific preference. If a child is showing signs of using one hand over another before this point, it can mean that they may be having trouble using the other hand. The same is true for a child who only uses one side of their body. Signs for using one side of the body appear as crooked crawling. or only using one specific leg when climbing stairs. A clinical examination will be able to pinpoint if the reason for these symptoms is due to cerebral palsy.
There are different levels of cerebral palsy which is due to damage to a several places of the brain. Some children with CP may have motion problems that are hard to recognize or barely noticeable, while others may have extremely serious issues. Children with serious muscle control problems can also have trouble learning how to speak. Depending on the severity of the type of cerebral palsy, the child may require the use of a walker or wheelchair to move around. While this disease can be hard to deal with, do not be discouraged. It’s important to develop a plan of action for treatment and therapy to address the issues specific to the child. Whether it be dealing with hearing or speaking inabilities, or learning how to use both hands there are a variety of programs and treatments available.

MedCare Pediatric Group

12371 S Kirkwood Rd

Stafford, TX 77477

(713) 773-5100

http://www.medcarepediatric.com

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Autism and Music Therapy

Autism and Music TherapyAn increasing number of children are being diagnosed with Autism and fall somewhere on the Autism spectrum. With a growing number of children dealing with this disorder, many different forms of treatment have become available. Traditional therapy for Autism includes floor time and applied behavior analysis. Alternative treatments are also available. Not all alternative treatments are credible and many have not had as much research conducted on them as traditional methods. However, some of these unique therapies may actually help a lot. One such alternative treatment for Autism is music therapy. Using music therapy to treat Autism is becoming increasingly popular.
Music therapy has shown to be helpful for many symptoms of Autism. Music can connect with some children with this disorder in a way that no other therapies have been able to do. For example, some Autistic children who do not speak may connect and respond to music. Music is an excellent treatment for children with Autism because it is composed of patterns. Autistic children respond well to patterns and rhythm which they can feel. A different part of the brain is used with music than the part used for verbal communication. They also do not have to try too hard to interpret music, and it may help them express emotions that they would otherwise not be able to release.
One advantage of using music as a treatment for Autism is that it does not require any verbal skills. Verbal skills can be a challenge for children with Autism and activities that require verbal skills may discourage them from trying. Children can shake cymbals, beat on a drum, play with the keys on a piano, or ring a bell, without actually needing to speak. They will begin to use music and different sounds to actually communicate with others. Music therapy doesn’t necessarily mean learning to play a specific instrument. Instead, music therapy creates experiences for children through the use of tools, knowledge, and instruments, in which they feel comfortable and can express creativity using their own abilities.
Other advantages to using music as a treatment for children with autism are that it can help them maintain attention. It fosters motivation and engagement. Some activities may be difficult for children with Autism because they cannot hold their attention for long periods of time or they become distracted. Music is fun and creates a lot of feelings. The child will want to participate and respond because they feel comfortable with this type of communication. Music is a universal language which is great for those unable to communicate through normal conversation. It also gives children a way to express their emotions. Sometimes children with Autism have a difficult time identifying and getting out their emotions. Without the use of music, they might not otherwise be able to release these built up emotions. Finally, music can bring great pleasure to most people, not just Autistic people. Music has been shown to reduce anxiety and bring a sense of calming security. This can be very beneficial to children with Autism as well and help put them at ease.

MedCare Pediatric Group

12371 S Kirkwood Rd

Stafford, TX 77477

(713) 773-5100

http://www.medcarepediatric.com

Sensory Integration Disorder

Sensory Integration DisorderIn today’s world of advanced medical research and studies, there are several disorders that many children deal with. Sensory Integration Disorder or SID is one of the many disorders children can suffer from. SID is often mistaken for bad behavior or psychological issues. Sensory integration is extremely important for normal behavior and learning. Sensory Integration Disorder was discovered about 40 years ago and is just beginning to be discussed and identified more regularly.


Each of the five senses submit information to the brain, when a child cannot determine where exactly this information is coming from, they have Sensory Integration Disorder. A child struggling with SID receives mixed signals. Children and adults with normal sensory integration will be able to determine if they are receiving information to the brain from something they are seeing (eyes) or hearing (ears) and associate the sense with the function of the part of the body. with SID the brain cannot interpret the origin of the signal. One benefit for children suffering with SID is nuerofeedback. Neurofeedback teaches the brain how to accurately identify where the signals to the brain are coming from. The brain can learn how to interpret sensory information.
There are several toys available on the market to help children with sensory integration disorder. Toys are a great way to help children learn and cope with their issues. Moon sand is one of the top rated toys for children with SID. Moon sand is an excellent toy as it does not dry out and is soft and comfortable to touch. it comes in a variety of colors and is safe to use multiple times. Many kids with SID are afraid to touch things, and moon sand is a great tool to help with this fear.


Another beneficial toy for helping children with sensory integration disorder is a ball. Kiosk balls can help with the development of motor skills or to handle stress. Even small children can handle these types of balls as they are easy to grasp with tiny hands. Kiosk balls are very soft and made of natural latex rubber. Sensory balls are larger than kiosk balls, but not as soft. They are great for bouncing. Sensory balls have a unique texture and can be used for a variety of games including juggling and catch.


Finally, Perplexus is a great option for children who could benefit from using a toy with their hands but do not want a ball. Perplexus is a sphere with a puzzle inside that is solved by flipping and turning over the sphere. Perplexus spheres come in a variety of different puzzles that range in difficulty. These toys are great in helping children with sensory integration disorder because they help them develop motor skills, hand eye coordination, and dexterity.

MedCare Pediatric Group

12371 S Kirkwood Rd

Stafford, TX 77477

(713) 773-5100

http://www.medcarepediatric.com