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Posted by Phoenix on July 22, 2000 at 13:55:02:

In Reply to: Mild CP posted by Tina on February 09, 2000 at 14:12:38:

: I have a 5 yr. old son with mild CP, weighed 1 pound at birth had a twin sister that died 2 days later. . . wears a brace on the foot. . . the problem I am having is getting him to follow directions or obeying us, he gets really angry for no reason at all. . . .

Tina,

First of all, I want to commend you on the incredible work you have done with your son. He didn't learn those colors and letters by himself!

The first thing I want to tell you is to contact The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential," (www.iahp.org) They can help you with your son. Cerebral Palsy is nothing more than a brain-injury, be it mild, moderate, severe, profound or comatose. The Institutes teaches parents how to help all of these children develop and progress toward "normalcy." This is done by neurologically organizing the brain, which creates new dendritic pathways around the damaged areas of the brain, and growing existing brain cells which increases (speeds) intellectual development.

Secondly: Ebullient misbehavior in your 5 year-old CP child is common, but should not be ignored. It may be a key to where your son's injury lies, and there is help available.

Thirdly: REMOVE THE BRACE FROM HIS BODY! The Institutes has been trying to tell the medical community for 40 years to remove all braces from CP children. They only INCREASE the problem---they DO NOT WORK.

There is a book you should read: "What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child," by Glenn Doman. It will answer many of your questions---including those you didn't have time to enter into this article.

Good luck.

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