Books about cerebral palsy for children and parents
Every case of cerebral palsy is as unique as the individual. Accordingly, there are numerous ways in which CP parents can encourage a love of reading in their child. Many children with cerebral palsy experience speech, vision, and/or motor difficulties but suffer absolutely no intellectual impairment. Once accessibility requirements are met, academic performance may be unaffected by a child’s particular manifestation of cerebral palsy symptoms. The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC has several members who have achieved scholastic and professional excellence, irrespective of living with cerebral palsy, in fields as diverse as finance, visual arts, the law and healthcare.
Regardless of cerebral palsy type, reading with your child is an opportunity to share in and guide their development. Occupational therapists offer specific tools, strategies, and exercises for reading, which may also improve dexterity, speech-language skills, and provide parents with additional insights into their child’s needs. Cognitive ability varies widely among children with cerebral palsy. However, even in the most severe of cases, bonding through storytelling is essential.
Selected titles about cerebral palsy for children:
- Just Because — award-winning adventure story written by Rebecca Elliot.
- Haylee’s Friends — a storybook co-written by a mother of child with cerebral palsy and an occupational therapist.
- My Friend Suhana — written by Shalia and Aanyah Abdullah, who are mother and daughter.
- Out of My Mind — a novel by New York Times bestselling author Sharon M. Draper.
Selected titles about cerebral palsy for parents:
- Can I Tell You about Cerebral Palsy? — a guide with sections also suitable for young siblings, written by Marion Stanton.
- Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Parent’s Guide — a key resource edited by Elaine Geralis.
- Living with Cerebral Palsy — free, downloadable resource manual for British Columbians.
- Putting the Puzzle Together — produced and edited by the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. Contact the CPABC for a copy.
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