What is Cerebral Palsy?
“Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move…
Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Although cerebral palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of these signs of cerebral palsy can improve or worsen over time.” (cerebralpalsey.org)
The NHS state that there is currently no cure for Cerebral Palsy but they do suggest a variety of treatments including:
- Physio therapy
- speech therapy
- occupational therapy
Complimentary Treatment- The Power of Creativity!
We have found that providing a safe space to allow creative expression to happen has improved the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people with Cerebral Palsy. We are not suggesting that creativity is used alone as there are many benefits of the above treatments, but to be used along side the other treatments as a more holistic approach. Not only does using creative activities such as clay, expressive movement, music and much more improve the fine motor skills of someone with Cerebral Palsy, it also used as a therapeutic vehicle to explore themes such as identity, self-esteem, communication. We have found that using creative therapies in person-centred ways has empowered people with Cerebral Palsy to make-decisions, be independent, express themselves, feel valued and listened to, communicate and socialise with others; and in, turn improve mental health, well-being and quality of life.
Take a look at Robert’s story for more information.