Sleep And Pain Issues Increase Chance Of Behavior Problems In Children With Cerebral Palsy
A new study has revealed that one in four children with cerebral palsy had behavioral difficulties linked to sleep problems and nighttime pain. Cerebral Palsy News Today reports.
The study was published in Research in Developmental Disabilities. Researchers from the McGill University Health Centre wanted to look at the prevalence of behavioral difficulties in young children with cerebral palsy and if comorbidities might be a reason why.
Caregivers of 113 children with CP were asked to complete several questionnaires about their children to see if there was any correlation. In children without CP, behavioral difficulties happen in about 1 in 10 children. Children with CP have a 25.6% chance for behavioral difficulties. The most common problems were problems with peers, followed by emotional symptoms, hyperactivity, and conduct problems.
Comorbidities that caused additional difficulty included sleep problems and nighttime pain. A lack of sleep increased the possibility of behavioral problems by 9.1 times. Nighttime pain increased the chance by 4.1 times.
The researchers concluded that caregivers and medical professionals working with children with CP need to look at sleep issues and night-time pain as part of the care plan. Dealing with these could cause a reduction in behavioral problems in school.
We hope that this information will help caretakers improve the quality of life of people with CP.
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Student Resource Officer Helps Boy With Cerebral Palsy To Walk
A student resource officer usually prevents crime from happening in schools. But some go above and beyond the call of duty to help students in other ways. One officer in Colorado helped a boy with cerebral palsy to walk. The Denver Channel explains.
Officer Bradley Gagon built a “railing runway” to help a kindergarten student learn how to walk without a wheelchair. The officer’s hope was that the railed walkway, which he built out of PVC, would help the boy’s muscles develop. With practice and strength training, the boy has a chance of walking without a wheelchair later in life.
The child was blindfolded and shown the railway, which was spray-painted in his favorite colors. To the delight of everyone, the boy was able to make it all the way down the eight-foot walkway, turn around using a bar at the end, then walk all the way back.
According to the officer, there wasn’t a dry eye among the adults after seeing the boy take his first steps. He was given the walkway to keep for home training.
Regular physical therapy can make all the difference in the life of someone with cerebral palsy. It can help keep the body strong and coordinated enough that the use of mobility devices can be reduced or even eliminated. While cerebral palsy symptoms may never completely go away, the ability to walk independently can make a huge difference.
Student With Cerebral Palsy Competes In Riding Competition, Brown University To Make Documentary
A student-athlete at Brown University shows that cerebral palsy doesn’t have to keep you from your goals. A new documentary about Lauren Reischer, a rider, will share her story according to 27east.com.
Reischer recently competed at the Hampton Classic for the first time in the regular adult equitation division. When she’s not on a horse, she uses crutches to get around her disability. She credits riding with helping her manage her condition.
Good riding requires people to separate their legs and keep their feet flat and heels pushed downward for balance. Cerebral palsy makes this quite difficult because the brain has trouble recognizing the legs independently with this condition.
This is her fourth time competing at the Hampton Classic. In 2016, she won champion in the LIHSSRD division. However, she did not want to compete again until she felt confident she could compete in the regular division.
When Reischer shared her story on the university’s Snapchat account, the communications department approached her with the idea of a documentary about her experiences as a disabled student-athlete.
“I really just wanted to show both how normal my life is, and how special having horses makes it,” she said. “It’s a balance. Despite my CP, my life as a student-athlete is just like any other student-athlete. I go to practice, I work hard on different drills and exercises, I fulfill my team obligations.”
The film will interview her family and coaches and highlight the work of GallopNYC, a therapeutic riding company that trained Reischer for competition.
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Study Examines Why People With Cerebral Palsy Live Shorter Lives
Children with intellectual disabilities or cerebral palsy and survive to adulthood often see lower life expectancies than the average person. A study in Australia may have pinpointed one of the causes. Medical Xpress reports.
The researchers looked at the records of more than 42,000 people with an intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and other diseases between the years of 2005 and 2015. They found that people with an ID were eight times more likely to die of cancer. Having a mental illness or Down’s syndrome also significantly increased the chances of death.
They concluded that it wasn’t because of the comorbid conditions but that people with intellectual disabilities face barriers to receiving appropriate care from doctors. They often receive inadequate or inappropriate treatment.
One mother highlighted in the article had a child who suffered a hypoxic (too little oxygen) brain injury at the age of seven. When the child was 44, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. According to the mother, his doctors didn’t take the condition seriously. They delayed surgery and denied him the options for chemotherapy because it was believed he wouldn’t sit still for treatments. The child died one year later.
The study is the first to show that people with intellectual disabilities are more likely to die. Furthermore, people with an ID along with cerebral palsy have their risks doubled for dying.
Teen With Cerebral Palsy Finds Joy In Skiing
Adaptive sports have come a long way from their beginnings. These sports can help children with disabilities stay physically active and enjoy the thrill of sport. One teen is even skiing down expert-level slopes. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports.
Mike Adams was born premature and developed cerebral palsy, but he hasn’t let that stop him from his goals. During the winter, he participates in an adaptive skiing program. Thanks to certain adaptations, he is able to tackle expert slopes even though he cannot walk and has trouble with fine motor skills.
To ski, he sits on a frame that is attached to skis. Behind him on a tether is his ski instructor. His role is to control the speed and to adjust turns if they go too hard. However, unlike many other adaptive skiers, Adams does not use poles for balance. Instead, he uses his core strength. According to the instructor, only a tiny handful of the people he’s helped has used this method.
Adams says that the tethering method used makes him feel like they are not controlling his descent. He has been able to tackle jumps and steep slopes with little trouble. Not many skiers are able to tackle black diamond slopes.
If you have a child with cerebral palsy, consider adaptive sports programs to help them stay active, make friends, and reach for new goals.
Twins With Cerebral Palsy And Autism Gain Success Through Swimming, Academics
The way that a child is raised after being diagnosed with a disability can make all the difference in their future. A pair of twins with autism and cerebral palsy is an example of this. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on twin brothers who have made huge strides despite serious disabilities.
If you looked at Tommy and Jimmy Crisp on paper, you would think they were overachievers. But when you add cerebral palsy and autism to the mix, their efforts shine all the more brightly.
Their parents have stuck to a philosophy of throwing them into any pool they could find. Not literally, of course. But they didn’t allow fears about their disabilities hold them back.
Both of them graduated last year from Kennedale High School with GPAs above 40. Both play instruments in band. Tommy was in student council and both are in the National Honors Society.
They have also managed to hold down a job during school and learn how to fly planes and even get black belts in karate. Now the brothers are attending separate colleges for engineering.
It goes to show that the support of family can make all the difference. Even if a child receives compensation to cover their medical expenses, it’s what parents do with that money that really matters.
Washington Man Sentenced To Prison For Abusing Toddler With Cerebral Palsy
Caring for a family member with a birth injury is stressful. Sometimes that stress pushes people too far and makes them do things that are wrong. Such is the case in this story from Washington, as reported by the Herald.
A man was sentenced to 17 months in prison over two assaults on a toddler with cerebral palsy. He pleaded guilty to the charges.
In 2016, the mother of the child noticed a big lump in the middle of his forehead. The man, who was dating the mother, said that the boy fell. Over time, other marks, including bite marks, began to appear.
In early 2017, the child’s leg was swollen and the man attempted to prevent the mother from taking the child to the hospital. However, she did manage to get the child examined. Doctors told her that the injuries were “clearly non-accidental”.
When interviewed by detectives, the man could not keep his story straight. Eventually, he admitted to biting the child and stepping on him. The court approved a plea agreement to sentence the defendant to the most time possible within the guidelines.
This is not the man’s first run-in with the law. He was previously convicted of a sex crime in his early 20s.
Woman With Cerebral Palsy Uses Her Modeling Career To Change Expectations
One of the saddest things about cerebral palsy is the social reaction children and adults get from the disease. CP only affects the physical body; it does not change intelligence. However, due to the strange motions the disease causes, people can assume that someone with CP isn’t mentally capable.
An article on Health.com shares the experiences of Janira Obregon, a woman with CP in all four limbs and who uses a wheelchair for mobility. She’s now a model for We Speak Model Management and uses her position to advocate.
Through her effort, she graduated from public high school in the top four of her class and made it to the National Honor Society in college. But it was an experience with a teacher that turned her on to advocacy. The teacher apologized to her for underestimating her ability and not knowing how much a person with CP could succeed.
In 2017, she was approached to do a photoshoot for Runway of Dreams, a modeling group that advocates for people with disabilities in the fashion industry. Many brands are creating adaptive clothing for fashion shows and in 2018 she was able to participate in the New York Fashion Week for Nike.
She hopes that her efforts and her work with We Speak Model Management will encourage others to accept different types of beauty.
Young Man With Cerebral Palsy Wins Award For His Karate Skills
A young man in Canada was rewarded for his years of effort to become a first-degree black belt in Karate. Sachem.ca reported on the man’s story.
Kyle Chambers was honored at Haldimand’s 19th annual Recognition Night for his achievement of a first-degree black belt in karate. In addition, he has won three consecutive gold medals at the Junior International cup as well as additional medals in the Junior International Cup and the U.S. Open Karate competition.
He also travels around Canada with his father to speak about his experiences and to participate in tournaments. Kyle originally started karate to help him with his mobility and strength issues. His instructors have modified the system to deal with his particular disability.
He encourages other people with disabilities to try different sports to participate in. The key thing is to find the right instructor who knows how to accommodate your disability so you can still participate.
Birth injuries bring significant challenges, but it is possible to rise above them and still have a fulfilling life. People like Kyle show that is is possible. Maintaining physical fitness is crucial for people with cerebral palsy so that they can improve their motor control and prevent muscle atrophy.