I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and had lots of physical therapy and occupational therapy as a toddler/preschool. I was able to enter regular public school. I returned the favor to the Cerebral Palsy Center of Union NJ (now I think it’s in Cranford NJ) by volunteering 8 hours a day for a solid year back in my early 20s, working with the kids and setting up technology and teaching. Cerebral Palsy does not affect your intellectual capability nor emotional capacity. Rather it affects you physically and forcing brain plasticity to “get plastic” and ‘rewire” from the outside-in is a long, hard struggle. But it’s worth it. Communication is my main ‘thing’. If you’re non-verbal, your verbal thoughts are trapped and if your body isn’t working right, your physical expressions of thought are trapped. But there are many ways to communicate non-verbally and helpers to continually work at assisting those with CP or non-verbal autism or other kinds of production issues like ataxia have my greatest respect for the importance of the work.

I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and had lots of physical therapy and occupational therapy as a toddler/preschool. I was able to enter regular public school. I returned the favor to the Cerebral Palsy Center of Union NJ (now I think it’s in Cranford NJ) by volunteering 8 hours a day for a solid year back in my early 20s, working with the kids and setting up technology and teaching.
 
Cerebral Palsy does not affect your intellectual capability nor emotional capacity. Rather it affects you physically and forcing brain plasticity to “get plastic” and ‘rewire” from the outside-in is a long, hard struggle.
 
But it’s worth it.
 
Communication is my main ‘thing’. If you’re non-verbal, your verbal thoughts are trapped and if your body isn’t working right, your physical expressions of thought are trapped.
 
But there are many ways to communicate non-verbally and helpers to continually work at assisting those with CP or non-verbal autism or other kinds of production issues like ataxia have my greatest respect for the importance of the work.
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