Back to School – Kids with Hemiplegia

Amid the excitement of shopping for school supplies and thinking about meeting new friends, parents of children with hemiplegia find many questions pertaining to their child’s diagnosis and learning styles. We’ve prepared a few helpful hints for you. 1. How […]

Disabled or Typical – The Balancing Act

Let me be clear. My son is fine. And if you don’t believe me, ask anyone around me. “Your baby had a stroke? Really? Thank goodness it didn’t really affect him!” “Well, you can hardly tell he doesn’t use his […]

Champion Pumpkin Carver and Pediatric Stroke Surivor Nick

For those of you who don’t know my almost 10 year old son, Nick, he has met many challenges. Born with transposition of great arteries, cardiac arrest, right side stroke, hydrocephalous and developmental delays, he has met many challenges that […]

Cerebral Palsy: Behavior, Anger, and Decision Making

Angry Fits and the Decision Spiral of Doom I belong to a CHASA (Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association) Facebook group called ‘Hemikids and Pediatric Stroke Survivors’. Many of the members are parents of children with hemiplegia who are looking to […]

Using Tools – Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Slow Down Luka

We’re doing some renovations and my sweet boy asked to try the drill. He put in about 15 screws… with success!! He’s so proud! His left hand is a helper but you can see he can open it well and […]

My Baby had a Stroke – A Mom Copes

Allison Bemiss lives in southern Kentucky with her husband, Daniel, and two sons, seven year old Elijah and two year old Jonah. Just after Jonah’s first birthday, the family learned he was a pediatric stroke survivor. He suffered an in-utero […]

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camps for Children with Hemiplegia

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camps and Programs – Western United States Camp Bennett – San Francisco, CA – founded by Audrey Vernick, mom of a child with hemiplegic cerebral palsy Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camps and Programs – Central United […]

How to Wear a Shirt and an Arm Cast in Cold Weather

Maybe your child with hemiplegia has broken his arm, is participating in constraint induced movement therapy, or may be wearing a special cast for stretching or following surgery. Below you’ll find one mom’s solution to what to wear in cold […]

Adding a Velcro Fastener to Pants – No More Buttons!

Children and adults with hemiplegia or hemiplegic cerebral palsy may have difficulty fastening pants with one hand. Below you’ll find an easy method of replacing the button with velcro. The final photo, which we do not have, would show the […]

Survey! What’s important to you?

In keeping with CHASA’s mission of assisting pediatric stroke or hemiplegia researchers, we are making a survey from Teachers College, Columbia University available to you. Information about the survey is below. Dear Caregiver, Your responses to this brief questionnaire will […]

Selecting a Doctor or Therapist for Your Child with Hemiplegia

Hiring a therapist or physician to treat your child who has hemiplegia is a big commitment of time, effort, and money. It’s important to find someone who is both experienced and whose personality is a good fit for you and […]

2013 CHASA Family Retreat – For Families of Children, Teens, and Young Adults with Hemiplegia

Ready to Party? Are you ready to party with some fun and crazy families of kids, teens, and adults who have hemiplegia? Join over 200 people who “get it” for 4+ days of fun and relaxation. Research shows that knowing […]

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy – Henry is Using His Hand

Holy cow, it appears to be working! Constraint therapy actually appears to be working! Henry’s reaching with his affected arm, holding objects in his affected hand and actually POINTED his index finger upon request. HOLY COW. I don’t even know […]

Midpoint Check In – Constraint Induced Movement Therapy

Henry, a pediatric stroke survivor who has hemiplegic cerebral palsy, is in the middle of constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT), nearly exactly at the half-way point. The first few days were impossible, for a variety of reasons. Let’s start with […]

Bimanual Training in Children With Hemiplegia With Lower Limb and Postural Stimulation (HABIT & Leg)

A randomized control trial of “HABIT & leg” therapy at regular or intensive frequency. The protocols have been developed on the basis of bimanual therapy (HABIT) developped at Columbia University. The interventions take place either in a 2 weeks day […]