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S Athletic programs for son with cerebral palsy

I am the mother of a 5-year-old boy who has cerebral palsy. I am having a very hard time trying to find some kind of sports program for him to join in Brooklyn, NY. So far, no one that I have asked, even in his school, knows of anything around here. Last year, I had to take him to NJ to be on a basketball team. If anyone has any information on any kinds of programs please let me know.

Denise, via the EP Web site

R Check out the Boys and Girls Clubs in your area. Ours (in Michigan) offers a league called Youth Abilities League. It is very well run. The volunteers do all the work and the parents get a chance to talk with each other and cheer their kids on without actually having to help out.

BY, via the EP Web site

EDITOR'S NOTE:

There are several organizations that may be able to help.

United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association http://www.uscpaa.org

National Wheelchair Basketball Association http://www.nwba.org

Wheelchair Sports USA http://www.wsusa.org

World T.E.A.M. http://www.worldteamsports.org

S Excessive mouthing

My daughter is 3 years old and has periventricular leukomalacia (also called

PVL--the softening of brain tissue near the ventricles that occurs because brain tissue in this area has died. PVL can result in physical and developmental delays, and impaired vision or hearing), cerebral palsy, and cortical visual impairment, among other things. She is very oral--she constantly tries to put everything into her mouth and chew. We initially attributed that to her lack of vision, but her vision is improving while her tendency to mouth everything is not. I would like to know what tactics other parents use to reduce excessive mouthing, and what leads a child to engage in that behavior.

Anonymous, via the EP Web site

R My 10-year-old son has multiple disabilities and mouths everything, too. An infant's first method of exploration is his or her mouth. While our kids are not infants, they need to use every method to explore their world. I would suggest letting your child hold large objects that provide lots of tactile stimulation. It helped our son. Also, remember that some children are still cutting teeth. All that chewing helps to ease the gum discomfort they cannot tell us about. Have you tried toddler biter biscuits? At least they are digestible.

Barb, via the EP Web site
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