Unprepared for Cerebral Palsy Life


They say nothing prepares you for parenthood. Throw special needs into the mix and forget it. Totally unprepared. Read more

Accessible Playground

All-Inclusive Playground Coming Soon to Twin Cities Area!

How exciting is this news parents? I was surfing the web and came across a few articles about a new playground coming to Woodbury, Minnesota. This new structure will be 15,000 sq ft and will provide children of all abilities the chance to play together and make new friends! The playground will be known as Madison’s Place and will be built alongside of the Bielenberg Sports Center Complex. The playground is being funded by the Madison Claire Foundation and local area businesses. Read more

Special Needs Dads

Involving Dads in the Life of Their Special Needs Child

Fathers play an important role in their child’s development. Research studies show that dads not only challenge their children to do more, but also help build language skills. Many dads have wonderful relationships with their children, but some dads have difficulty connecting with their child who has a disability. In this article we’ll learn some of the reasons why this happens plus a few strategies for getting dads to take a more active role in their child’s life.

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Standing to Stimulate Play!

Playing while standing stimulates interaction, development, and fun.

Playing while standing stimulates interaction, development, and fun.

Often we talk about what standing does for the body, but what is commonly overlooked, is what standing does for the mind. Standing is especially important for the mental development of the children with disabilities. When I talk to pediatric therapists, they appreciate and understand first-hand how standing can help with range of motion, spasticity, bowel/bladder function and the many of the other physical benefits of standing. But what I hear about most is how standing helps with perceptual development, cognitive awareness and very importantly, how standing can stimulate play. More and more research is finding that play deprivation for able-bodied children can lead to self-esteem, social interaction, and intellectual problems. The value of play for the child with a disability is often overlooked but is necessary for mental development and upper extremity muscle function and coordination. When a child is sitting for long periods of time, head and trunk control often fatigue and awareness diminishes. When a child stands with head control facilitated, play activities can be more stimulating and more interactive with peers, and the child can use their arms and hands more effectively. Read more