Our son Shane was born early, at 31 weeks, for reasons unknown. He was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and had a very successful laparoscopic repair at 5 days old. Shane spent 6 weeks in the NICU and during one of his many scans and tests, it was discovered he had experienced a brain bleed. We didn't even know babies could have strokes. … Read more>
Summer camp is a quintessential childhood experience. That’s why UNC Children’s offers Helping Kids with Hemiplegia, a no-cost therapeutic day camp for kids ages 3 to 10 with motor impairment on one side of their bodies. The camp, founded by UNC Children’s occupational therapist, Holly Holland, and staffed by licensed occupational and physical … Read more>
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services may benefit students with hemiplegia. Traditionally used by the deaf community, CART is useful for students who may have difficulty understanding auditory information - information they hear.CART can help the student understand what others are saying, especially in meetings, classrooms … Read more>
The Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) has awarded fourteen scholarships to students pursuing a college education. This is our 15th year of awarding college and vocational scholarships! The total award for 2016 is $16,800. A very talented group of over 50 students applied for the CHASA scholarship and it was challenging to … Read more>
Ready to cook your own meals? You may be a great "cook from scratch" cook, but if you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, check out our tips below.make extra meals and freeze them in the portions you need some meals that freeze well are roast, chicken, fajitas and lasagna use a George Foreman grill to quickly cook things … Read more>
Our kids can cook! Have your child help out in the kitchen from an early age and he will learn to cook independently by the time he's ready to leave home. Cutting Tools for Individuals with Hemiplegia The Ulu knife is useful for chopping fresh herbsPizza cutters are also useful for cuttingFinger Guard Strawberry … Read more>
Examples of Individualized Education Programs for students with a diagnosis of hemiplegia, hemiplegic cerebral palsy, or hemiparesis and related disabilities. IEP and psychological report for Preschool student, age 2, with hemiplegiaIEP for Pre-Kindergarten student, almost 3 years old, with hemiplegia, reduced attention span, gross motor … Read more>
Before you read the tips, ask yourself these questions: How important is it to learn to precisely learn to use scissors? Would your child's time be better spent learning something else? How often do adults cut around items on paper? Choose the correct scissors for cutting with one hand Children with hemiplegia may need special or adaptive … Read more>
You’re not alone. CHASA parents tell us they could not make the journey of raising a child or teen with hemiplegia without the support of other parents who have been there. And, we’re not just here for parents – we also support adults who’ve had hemiplegia since childhood. Join us! Learn more >
CHASA is a 20 year old non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, teens and adults who have hemiplegia. Hemiplegia or hemiparesis means that a person has weakness or difficulty using one side of their body.
Hemiplegia can be caused by a perinatal stroke, also known as an in utero stroke or a prenatal stroke. Hemiplegia can also caused by a stroke during childhood, brain surgery for seizures, hemispherectomy, a traumatic brain injury, cancer surgery and a several other conditions.
Why are we here? To help kids and adults with hemiplegia lead a happy and healthy life!
We’re here for life, meaning we help babies and we also help teens and adults who’ve had hemiplegia since childhood.
If this is all new to you, check out our Newly Diagnosed area.
Need support? We have thousands of parents who will walk with you on this journey.