Evan’s Story

In September 2010, our second son was born after a troublesome pregnancy and c-section delivery. The medical staff had a rather difficult time getting Evan to respond at birth, noting that the lower half of his body was blue, which […]

One, Two, Three…Walk with me

Just wanted to share our news – Ben is walking! He is 19 months old and has been on the verge of walking for what seems like an eternity. Until now he has been cruising and walking from one piece […]

Thunder in the Valley Games Michigan

Adaptive Sports Season is in full swing. This is for adults and Juniors, age 7 and up. Thunder in the Valley Games are scheduled for May 31st – June 3rd, 2012 at Saginaw Valley State U and are hosted by […]

Cleared for Takeoff

Teddy hasn’t been able to ride amusement park rides for a long time because of sensory issues, so we haven’t even thought of taking a trip in an airplane because of the risk involved (maybe he wouldn’t get on the […]

I Met a Girl

Mark says… It was my first CHASA (Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association) Retreat and I didn’t really know what to expect. Initially, I didn’t want to go because I thought I would feel out of place since I didn’t know […]

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Slow Down Nathan

A True Winner! Nathan and his twin Jacob were born 4th of July 2002 at 29 weeks. Shortly after birth Nathan suffered a Grade IV brain hemorrhage. As a result he has left hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Nathan is currently in […]

Central Illinois Support Group

Emily Bernotas and Megan Duckett have been busy setting up meetings and play dates for families of children with hemiplegia in central Illinois. Join the CHASA Central Illinois Facebook group for more information.

Yes she can!

Yes she can! Brooke was about 7 months old when she was diagnosed with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. After a great pregnancy, labor and delivery, this was a huge shock to us, and left us completely off guard. Her doctor told […]

Soccer Tips for Kids with Hemiplegia

I’m going to answer this as a former soccer player/coach/referee instead of the mom of a child with hemiplegia, since I know more about the first. Being a good soccer player is more about ball control than how hard you […]

Peeling Those Oranges

Joey peeled an orange today! She didn’t even eat it and went straight to work on another one. I guess I’ll be eating a lot of oranges today! – Lottie

Yea hooo!!

Hello. I thought I would share my great news of the day. My son started pedaling a bike with no training wheels on it today. Oh, he was so excited!! He kept yelling, “Yea hooo! Yea hooo!” It was so […]

Pediatric Stroke and Spelling Success

When Gregory entered kindergarten at age 5, he could barely write the letter “G” in his name.  It took the first two years of elementary school, intensive practice at home and school using a specialized writing curriculum, and hours of […]

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Christopher is Clapping!

I am so excited! Christopher just turned 11 months old and he has started to clap. It is a little different clap, he holds his left arm close to his body, holds out his hand and then pats it with […]

Researchers Tests Device That Helps Infants With Cerebral Palsy Crawl

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in collaboration with colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University, want to know if infants with cerebral palsy can learn to use a skateboard-like robotic device that enables locomotion. In addition, they are […]