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Educating Children with Cerebral Palsy Requires Individual Focus

Many community members may not understand that certain well-known birth injuries, like cerebral palsy, actually refer to a series of potential conditions. Cerebral palsy is actually a category of injuries that commonly refer to problems affecting one’s movements, posture, balance, cognitive development, and other nervous system functions. Each of these problems can arise in varying degrees, often because of developmental disabilities or through oxygen problems to the child’s brain during its delivery. When the problem was caused by oxygen deprivation during the delivery, it may have actually resulted from negligent conduct on the part of those providing the care. If that is the case, then our Chicago birth injury lawyers know that those involved can be held liable for the misconduct. Those parties are then rightfully required to provide compensation for the losses suffered by those involved.

Families who file these suits do so because they want to ensure that their child has access to all possible resources that will allow them to reach their full potential. Of course children with cerebral palsy will face many challenges in their lives that other children might not face, but that does not mean that cerebral palsy victims do not have the same opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive as others. Having access to the specialized resources necessary to reach their potential, however, is something with which many families struggle. It is always heart-breaking to see a child who is not able to grow as much as possible because they are not receiving the one-on-one specialized care necessary for their full development.

A Fox News article this week discussed the special education needs of those with cerebral palsy. Because cerebral palsy actually refers to a group of disorders and the overall disability of victims vary along a spectrum, the education needs of children with cerebral palsy are quite varied. Some children with milder symptoms are able to be educated in a general education classroom while others require special classroom assistance.

No matter what the case, education experts explain that all of a child’s symptoms need to be addressed cohesively. That means that occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and other early intervention services must be accounted for on top of regular classroom learning. All of it works to strengthen the child’s motor and communication skills (on top of academics). Coupled with that, many communities have found it incredibly helpful to also work on building up a child’s self-care and daily living skills. Independence is always an issue with many cerebral palsy victims, and so all steps that may help a child be able to live more fully on their own are positive.

Our Chicago birth injury attorneys are well aware that properly providing this care is not cheap. Even things like the design and structure of a physical classroom must be accounted for when considering this type of education. The child’s motor skills need to be kept in mind with these educational spaces so that they are able to move about freely without being exposed to certain safety risks. Thing like modified pencils and paper, communication aids, and similar devices are also often necessary to ensure that the child is given as good as chance as possible to grow academically.

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