“We all have abilities we may not know about. We can do things that seem impossible”
Sidelined by judgment, confined by disability, blinded by despair, or paralyzed by fear, we naturally forget that are all destined for some greatness. Don’t let others or conditions define your limitations; “everybody is a genius,” and while there is no such a thing as perfection, if we dare to strive perfection, we achieve excellence.
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The FDA announces expanded access to Duke University for siblings or autologous cord blood infusions for children with cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, hypoxic brain injury, stroke, apraxia, autism and other brain injuries.
The newest new stem cell clinical trials geared toward autism and cerebral palsy are promising, “clinical trials involving 25 children using umbilical cord, resulted in observing major improvements in communication, social behavior, and overall symptoms.”
Taking into consideration that the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASP) is on the rise globally and that cerebral palsy is the most common childhood motor disability, in the United States, a breakthrough stem cell in stem-cell research technology is much needed. It would revolutionize the lives of many, those living ASD and their families and loved ones.
“We are already on the cutting edge of cord blood, cord tissue and placental tissue stem cell technology, and every breakthrough means a better future for those impacted,” says Martin Smithmyer, the Founder, and CEO of Americord.
At the heart of conductive education is independence and the idea that “if you do not teach a child to be independent, you teach them to be dependent.” While conductive education emphasizes on the development and achievement of higher bodily control, its ultimate goal is to enable individuals with neuromotor impairments to learn and to achieve a greater sense of accomplishment and functionality and to increase the degree of the physical and psychological well-being of the individual and his or her caregivers.
Within this spirit, conductive education is not narrowly motoric but a holistic approach that synchronizes the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social aspects of human development into learning and rehabilitation of people with chronic motor disabilities.
Developed by Andras Peto in the years following the World War II, conductive education was designed as an intervention tool for children with cerebral palsy. It replaced the traditional medical model for treatment of motor disabilities with a teaching style that emphasizes on conscious learning that is achieved by creating a positive environment and goals that are tailored to the needs and skills of each and his or her condition.
Join the CECO Student Scholarship Night of Dreams at Full Sail Live, November 16th, 6pm and win a six-night stay in a 2-bedromm self-caring unit for up to 4 people; Old Havana, Hemingway, and Modern-Havana in Vintage Convertible Cars tours included
Because all friendships begin with the intention to engage in another person’s life experience in a way that it meets our need for acceptance, support, in trust, the platinum rule that says, “Treat others the way they want to be treated,” applies to all friendships.
Because life begins for everyone the same, research confirms that it is the others through whom we discover our talents and purpose in life, subsequently, it is the quality of our interpersonal relationships that determine, not only how happy we are, but also how our lives will turn out. Studies of interpersonal relationships show that the happiest people have meaningful relationships characterized by high levels of acceptance, support, and trust.
Foxtar Media presents an image of a boy with cerebral palsy. Photographed by: Smart Taps
Acceptance is a choice to behaving in trustworthy ways, and it is a type of communication that detaches any conditions and expresses unconditional respect toward the other person and his or her ideas. Acceptance is crucial because it reduces anxiety and enhances the willingness to disclose intimate information, which is the cornerstone of any friendship. “If I am afraid to tell you who I am, because if I tell you who I am, you may not like who I am,” you will take away “all that I have.”
Support is a type of communication that expresses collaborative intent, and it involves encouragement and shows the confidence in the other person that he or she will manage the given situation effectively. Support is crucial because it is the intent that realizes in action, reflecting in the quality time spent together. Accordingly, support is the foundation for resilience because a person’s “autonomy is the result of the internalization of values derived from previous caring and supportive relationships.”
Trust is the mirror of many positive interactions and reflects the level of acceptance and support in a given relationship. “Interpersonal trust is built through risk and confirmation and is destroyed through risk and confirmation. Without the risk, there is no trust, and the relationship cannot move forward.”
The difficulty in building a friendship with someone who lives with cerebral palsy (CP), is not the condition but the perception of CP. Fact is that CP is one of the most common, yet least known, childhood motor disability that affects 1 in every 323 children in the United States. It is a non-progressive condition, and yet many individuals with CP live a normal, happy, and healthy life.
Fact is; CP must be seen on a spectrum; accordingly, each person has different needs and abilities; however, the truth is that every person is beautiful and every person wants to play, explore, learn, love, and live a productive and meaningful life.
If you like to make a difference in someone else’s life and be a friend and put a smile on a face of a person with CP, please contact the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO) or any other CP organization in your area.
On June 5, 2017, Mathew Struthers shares his journey of taking control over his life by learning how to treat cerebral palsy as a nuisance and gives his audience a vision of what it means to be human: imperfect yet illimitable. His story, “Falling Like a Pro was presented at TEDx Talk sponsored by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
When Mathew received his diagnosis, his parents were told he would never walk, run, climb, or swim. Today, Mathew does all of the above, is a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and above all lives his life to the fullest. He says, success begins when you “go to look at your monsters in the face.”
To learn more about ways you can help improve the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy, contact CECO or any other CP organization in your area.