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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week

This week (30 July to 5 August 2014) is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week. Cerebral palsy or CP is a physical condition that primarily affects movement. A child is born with cerebral palsy every 18 hours in Australia.

Occupational therapists can work with people with cerebral palsy by:

  • advising how to improve independence with day to day activities, such as feeding, bathing, dressing, play, work, social interaction and family activities
  • encouraging and enabling participation in school and work activities – hand skills ( e.g. writing, cutting, coordination, typing)
  • assisting with memory, problem solving and organisation skills dealing with sensory information
  • providing “hands on” treatment or fitting splints to improve upper limb skills encouraging use of technology or equipment to assist independence

Speech Pathologists assist people with cerebral palsy by providing:

  • assistance to assess and manage any feeding and swallowing needs
  • support to explore communication options, including provision of an alternative communication system for people who are non-verbal

Physiotherapists can assist people with cerebral palsy by assessing, treating and advising about:

  • balance and coordination issues
  • postural issues at rest and during activities at school, work or home
  • motor skills and movement
  • development and milestones
  • serial casting

For more information about assistance with cerebral palsy please call Mater Health and Wellness on 07 3163 6000 or go to our website wellness.mater.org.au

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