Neuropsych – Our Experience

When our doctors first started talking about visiting a Neuropsych, they were having conversations with each other, while we were in the room. “Do you think a neuropsych would help?” “Yes, but not yet”… or “Has he been to neuropsych […]

CHASA Meetups – Join Us!

CHASA parents, kids, siblings and young adults are meeting up all over the United States and in a few other countries. Online support is awesome, but knowing someone in person is the BEST!  CHASA teams with parents to set up […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newly Diagnosed with Hemiplegia or Perinatal Stroke

What do I do next? The first year after you’re told that your child has a brain injury is a whirlwind of tests, therapies, doctors, therapists, insurance, and the many emotions that you go through. You didn’t expect this, right? […]

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 […]