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 […]

Adaptation versus Innovation

I was about seventeen when I learned that most people put on their socks with two hands. It probably sounds ludicrous but it’s true: my aunt was visiting and we were about to head out for something so I was […]

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 […]

Adapting Zipper Pulls for Children with Hemiplegia

Adapting Zipper Pulls for Children with Hemiplegia The photo shows a handle that has been added to a zipper pull. This photo shows a longer ribbon that has been added to a zipper pull. More Adaptive Clothing Ideas for Children […]

Elastic Waist Jeans for Kids and Adults with Hemiplegia

Searching for the perfect pair of jeans for your child with hemiplegia? Navigating buttons can be a challenge when using just one hand. Many of our kids eventually learn to button pants, but until then, or if they’re in a […]

Basketball Manager Thomas Adams

Thomas and his parents attended the very first Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association Family Retreat in Georgia in 2001. He was a fun loving little boy and had turned into a young man with a love of basketball. Thomas is […]

Constraint Therapy – We Made It!

We made it. We survived 16 days of constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT). Whew.  Now it’s about managing my expectations, and my disappointment, over what “stuck” and what didn’t. And disappointed is exactly what I felt. Within five minutes of […]

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 […]

Scholarships for Thunder in the Valley Games 2013

A limited number of CHASA Athletic Scholarships for athletes with hemiplegia or hemipareis are available for the 2013 Thunder in the Valley Games being held May 30th through June 2nd, 2013.  CHASA encourages young people with hemiplegia or hemiparesis to […]

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 […]

You Don’t Need Two Hands

When my daughter was seven days old, the doctors discovered that she had survived a perinatal stroke. This was the beginning of decades of physical and occupational therapy  – much of it aimed at helping her gain use of her […]

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 […]

Dad Runs Marathon to Help Kids with Hemiplegia

David Sexton is a software development manager who lives in Westfield, N.J., with his wife, their daughter and son. When his son was found to have cerebral palsy five year ago, he turned to writing as a way to sort […]