Treatment of Cerebral Palsy: Counseling
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy

Counseling

In general, clinical psychologists are problem solvers. They work with complex issues involving individuals, couples, families, groups and service systems thereby helping them to improve their sense of well-being, alleviate their distress, resolve their crises and increase their ability to solve problems and make decisions. Their aim is to help people to cope more effectively with normal life and developmental issues. Counselling psychologists use a number of approaches in their treatment including humanistic, psycho-dynamic and cognitive behavioral. By drawing on a wealth of techniques and theories they are able to guide the patient to solutions to their problems.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

No two individuals with Cerebral Palsy are exactly alike. Each of their brains has been affected in its own way. The challenges they (and their caregivers) face on a day-to-day basis will vary considerably based on the level of involvement and impairments they have. They can range from being an child that has such mild involvement that one might only be aware of their impairment to an individual with spastic quadriplegia who needs continual care and assistance for even the most basic of needs. At the same time all these individuals have the same emotions as the rest of us.

 It is important that a child with any debilitating condition develop a healthy attitude towards themselves. To this end, it is important that the child have access to a counselor (someone other than a parent or primary care giver) so that they can speak freely about what's troubling them and get the guidance and emotional tools they need to achieve and maintain a healthy self-image

 The sense of being different; frustrations over having poor control over one’s body; being unable to communicate your thoughts and needs; having sexual urges just like others your age, but without the opportunity to act on those desires; being unable to feed oneself; these are but a few of the situations which an individual with Cerebral Palsy might face.

If a child’s impairments are not so severe that they need educational assistance and are going to a regular classroom, the other children in the classroom need to be apprized of and educated about the child’s condition. Anyone who has ever been a child knows that school age children can be cruel and can be very quick to ostracize someone who they perceive as different. If the child is helped to understand  their actions, even though it may not completely alleviate emotional pain, the actions are less likely to cause distress.

 Some of the outwardly visible physical manifestations of CP such as incontinence and drooling can cause embarrassment and feeling of inadequacy in any setting. A counselor or therapist can help the individual cope with those feelings in a constructive way.

 Social Workers: Often overlooked, and a truly valuable resource for families  trying to get the best care for their family member is a social worker, who can help patients and their families locate community assistance and education programs. An experienced social worker has already been involved with helping families and individuals locate resources. Utilizing their expertise can alleviate the sense of isolation and trying to "recreate the wheel" as if you were alone in the struggle to find the best programs for your child.

 Psychotherapy and Counselling:  Counselling tends to focus on specific current life problems, while psychotherapy generally deals with more deep-seated personal issues which, may bring about really profound changes and the healing of old hurts. Psychotherapy also encourages the development of unrealized potential both practical and creative. It can expand the capacity to appreciate and cope with both the highs and the lows of life.

 Behavioral therapy can complement physical therapy, employing psychological techniques that encourage the mastery of tasks that promote muscular and motor development. Praise, positive reinforcement, and small rewards can encourage a child to learn to use weak limbs, overcome speech deficits, and stop negative behaviors like hair pulling and biting.

 Choosing a particular kind of counselling or psychotherapy is far less important than choosing the right person - a therapist one is comfortable with. The factors that contribute to successful therapy are the skill of the therapist, the patient’s level of comfort with the therapist and the patient’s degree of motivation.

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