Supination in Children with Hemiplegia

Does your child have problems turning their arm so their palm is up? This movement is called supination and many children with hemiplegia or hemiparesis have problems with supination of their affected hand. Here are some fun ways to encourage […]

Emily’s Story – Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month

My husband and I always had children in our plans – it was just something we never had to discuss and knew we wanted. After being married for 3 years we decided to start trying. I was blessed with a […]

Hemiparesis Research Study Seeking Participants

CHASA is assisting Daniel McDonald, a graduate student in the Masters in Management Information Systems program at the University of Omaha in locating participants for a research study.  You are being asked to be in this study because you either […]

Shampoo with One Hand

How can I shampoo with one hand? Should I use a special shampoo dispenser? If you have limited use of one hand, you may find yourself juggling shampoo bottles in the shower. One option is to install a special shampoo […]

Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy Mirror Muscle Activity – Research Opportunity

Visual EMG Feedback may Impact Mirror Muscle Activity in Children with Hemiplegia (IRB# 20130709CHARJ) The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) is assisting researchers in the Physical Therapy Department, University of New England, in recruiting participants for a research pilot […]

Individualized Education Program Examples

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 hemiplegia IEP for Pre-Kindergarten student, almost 3 years old, with […]

How long does school have to fill occupational therapy vacancy?

My son has hemiplegia and occupational therapy is one of the services he receives. This related service is included in his IEP (Individualized Education Program). His school lost their occupational therapist and are having trouble hiring a new one. What […]

Pediatric Stroke – Dad’s Perspective

My wife gave birth to our son in an emergency c-section after she didn’t feel the baby moving the last day. We were right at the due date so he was full term. The doctors kept him in the NICU […]

Lunch Trays, Milk Cartons, and Kindergarten: One handed

I have a year before my son, who has left hemiplegia, starts all day kindergarten, and I’ve recently been having an anxiety attack about him having to carry a lunch tray, open a carton of milk, cut up his own […]

Hemiplegia, Hemiparesis, Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy – What’s the difference?

“What is the difference between hemiplegia, hemiparesis, and hemiplegic cerebral palsy?” This is a question commonly asked by parents of kids after they hear it from a doctor or therapist or read it in an educational assessment, insurance claim, or […]

Apps for Children with Hemiplegia

If you have an iPhone or iPad you may find the following list of Facebook pages or groups helpful. Aileen Kavanagh-Kaiteris created this lists and says that she finds useful apps from the posts, comments, giveaways, app parties, etc., found […]

Paint for Pediatric Stroke

If you’re near Richmond, Virginia on August 27th, join us for a fun-filled and creative evening! We’ll paint Sweet Cow and learn more about the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA), a national charity that helps children with hemiplegic cerebral […]

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 […]

Things I have Learned From Having Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

I will never confuse my right and my left. Mouths are secretly hands that never grew fingers, and can be used as such. All doorknobs should be levers. Seriously. You try opening a doorknob with your fist when your other […]