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Cerebral Palsy and associated therapy's.

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Before I chose my activity for this assignment, I decided to choose a Specific need first, then find out about it and lastly choose from that an activity that would be appropriate. Cerebral Palsy is a medical condition that affects control of the muscles. Cerebral means anything in the head and palsy refers to anything wrong with control of the muscles or joints in the body. If someone has cerebral palsy it means that because of an injury to their brain (that's the cerebral part) they are not able to use some of the muscles in their body in the normal way (that's the palsy part). Children who have cerebral palsy may not be able to walk, talk, eat or play in the same ways as most other children the same age. 'It is important to know that CP is not a disease or illness. It isn't contagious and it doesn't get worse, but it is not something you "grow out of." ' www.people.virginia.edu/smb4v/tutorials/cp/cp.htm. Children who have CP will have it all their lives. Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. ...read more.


I need to choose something that will turn learning activities into play. Children learn best and co- operate more when they enjoy and are excited by what they are doing. My chosen activity should be played with for as long as it is fun for the child. As soon as it stops being fun my activity should be stopped or changed. Children with CP have difficulty grasping and also find hand-eye co-ordination difficult they also have high or low sensitivity to touch. From this I feel that play dough would be a great activity to do with the child, I would make the play dough (see play dough sheet in assignment) and the child could help so that he or she would feel involved and then do activities with the play dough to encourage hand-eye co-ordination and grasping, the feel of the play dough would be an experience for the child. He/she could make different shapes and roll the dough. After this has been mastered he/she could use cutters and maybe plastic plates and knifes and forks for role-play at teatime, other children could also be involved to encourage social interaction. ...read more.


He believed that children learn most efficiently when they are able to take new knowledge and integrate it into their previous knowledge and experiences, constructing a new knowledge base each day. Because children are constantly rethinking and updating their construction of how the world works, Piaget recommended learning experiences that: 'emphasize autonomy and self-direction as a sound preparation for later intellectual development' www.piaget.com Maria Montessori, an Italian physician who developed the Montessori school concept, also talked about the importance of sensorimotor experiences. She designed learning materials and manipulatives that use concrete and real materials to capitalize on the child's learning style. Children are active learners who learn best from activities they plan and carry out themselves. They are little scientists and builders, acrobats and artisans who need active experience with the world of people and things, who need opportunities to set goals, plan, reflect, and take responsibility. From birth, they are communicators who need a world filled with books, language experiences, and great conversation. In other words play should be constructed and organised so that children can get the best out of it, everyone should be given equal opportunities to learn and gain experience especially those with a specific needs they need to learn to the best of their ability through play to gain an understanding of intellectual concepts. ...read more.

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