Educating Children With Cerebral Palsy

It cannot be completely cured. However, through specialized care and training children with CP may develop skills required to lead a normal life.

Intelligence determines the physical progress that is required in a child with CP. Intelligence may be determined in a child accurately with CP as young as 18 months of age. Facilities for emotional guidance must be available in schools of such children and for parents too. Lest, some children may not be able to achieve the expected physical and mental progress.

Many children who have CP do not have mental difficulties, and many are highly intelligent, which helps them to attend general school. There are many cases, wherein, a child with CP enjoys a near normal life in later stage. Although possible, but is not an easy task. To achieve this, it is necessary that they undergo several therapies and also get special attention in school. Physical therapists help children with CP in developing simple motor skills such as walking with their braces, to stand and to move around without help, etc. Speech therapists would help improving their communication skills. In addition to this, enrolling in special schools will also help in their development. In special schools, the curriculum is so planned that each child gets individual attention. All this helps in child’s all-round development.

Most importantly, teachers who are teaching children with CP should be able to usher a great deal of emotional support and patience. A teacher dealing with such a child may not require to change the whole curriculum, but the child would need to be dealt with, a little differently. However, they should not be given a very different treatment. They are not to be judged only by their physical disability, but should be encouraged to participate in the activities with other children of the class. Observations suggest that children with CP who attend regular schools show great deal of improvement.

Though teachers of children with special needs may have different approaches when dealing with them, the basic quality of a good teacher must include:

–ability to encourage and motivate all children with disabilities,
–patience and flexibility to students who need modified or specific classroom accommodations.
–caring yet strict approach when working with special children.
–the ability to inspire students with special needs in achieving their goals and progress in school and life.

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