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Maintaining Hope For Children With Cerebral Palsy

Parents of children with cerebral palsy often vacillate between feelings of anxious despair and hopeful confidence. While intermittent feelings of anxiety and hopelessness are perfectly natural, it is important not to allow yourself to be overwhelmed by such feelings—especially nowadays when children with cerebral palsy have more of a chance than ever of leading a full and healthy life.

In recent years, great medical strides have been made to help those in the healthcare community better understand cerebral palsy, a group of disorders that affect muscle control and movement. Various therapeutic, medicinal, and surgical procedures are now available to help ease the symptoms associated with cerebral palsy, enabling children afflicted with the condition to reach their maximum potential.

Children with cerebral palsy and their families also have access to greater resources— emotional, financial, and medical. There are numerous non-profit and government organizations that have made it their sole mission to help support families of special needs children.

Perhaps most importantly, conditions like cerebral palsy are not as stigmatized as they were in the past. Once separated from their families and left to an institutionalized life, children with cerebral palsy today have more opportunities. For instance, federal laws have been enacted to guarantee your child's right to education and employment when the time comes.

As a culture, we have come to a greater understanding of developmental disabilities. We now realize that cerebral palsy and similar conditions do not prevent an individual from participating in society. We also understand that people with such conditions are just like us in their desire to live a full and happy life.

The bottom line is that there is hope for children with cerebral palsy. By maintaining hope in the face of adversity, you are ultimately helping to support and empower your child.

To learn more about cerebral palsy, support resources, treatment options and more, please visit www.cerebralpalsysource.com.


 
William Chang
Cerebral Palsy Support
 
 
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