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Recognizing Cerebral Palsy

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All babies develop and mature at their own unique pace. Some are early at this and later at that. So we know, realistically, that we need to give a great deal of leeway.

But maybe something doesn't seem quite right. Maybe you're wondering if your child may have some kind of disorder, like cerebral palsy.

Here is a place to find some information about cerebral palsy symptoms. And here is some reassurance that if it should turn out that your child does have this disorder, that therapies and resources are available to your child, and to you as the parent.

"The vast majority of cerebral palsy symptoms include abnormal neonatal reflexes, hearing and vision loss, stiffness of muscles with awkward movements, extension of extremities when the infant is held upright, and scissoring of the lower limbs because of spasm of the muscles of the thigh. Some kids with cerebral palsy may also have slight to severe mental retardation. This is not always so, however. In fact, there are many people who have cerebral palsy that have normal mental capacities."


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A new-to-the-US alternative for treating cerebral palsy is Rhythmic Movement Training. Developed by Swedish psychiatrist Dr. Harald Blomberg, RMT has been used successfully to treat cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities for over 25 years in Europe, but it was only introduced into the USA four years ago. Learn more at http://www.BrainFitnessStrategies.com.

Based on the developmental movements infants make in their first year of life, RMT builds new neural pathways, improving communication between different parts of the brain. It is particularly successful improving enunciation and communication skills for CP kids under the age of 12 who have developed some form of speech.

I have seen kids with CP gain the ability to relax and use their hands, to get on their hands and knees, sit up without support, and to gain control of muscles that previously were uncontrollable. By doing the RMT exercises 20 minutes a day for a year or more, the neural pathways can develop and the child–or adult–may begin to have better social interaction, better communication, and better control over their bodies.

The exercises are simple, easy, require no equipment, can be done anywhere, and take only 20 minutes a day. Plus, the kids just love the movements. There are a handful of certified RMT consultants in the US; you can find them at http://www.RhythmicMovement.com.

April 23, 2010 - 4:40pm
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