Meet Sophie - a girl with cerebral palsy (CP). Sophie invites readers to learn about CP from her perspective, helping them to understand what it is like to use a wheelchair to move around and assistive technology to communicate. She also introduces readers to some of her friends who have different forms of CP and explains that living with CP can sometimes be difficult, but there are many ways she is supported so that she can lead a full and happy life.
This illustrated book is ideal for young people aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and professionals working with children with CP. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.
About the Author
Marion Stantonis a special needs teacher, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) practitioner, and mother of three children including Dan who has cerebral palsy. She has co-founded a parent-run early learning group for children with disabilities (PALACE) and has been an active member of the Alliance for Inclusive Education. She is currently lead assessor and trainer for Communication and Learning Enterprises Limited (CandLE), a non-profit organisation that supports young people with communication difficulties. Marion is the author of Understanding Cerebral Palsy, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She lives in Cumbria, UK.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. 1. Introducing Sophie who has Cerebral Palsy. 2. Using alternative communication. 3. Personal assistants and having fun. 4. Disability rights. 5. Communication at school. 6. What is Cerebral Palsy?. 7. Other difficulties. 8. Management and support. 9. Opportunities. 10. The future. 11. Disability in the community. 12. Communication passport and other communication help. 13. How teachers can help. 14. How teaching assistants can help. 15. How family can help. 16. How personal assistants and other carers can help. 17. How others in the community can help. 18. How professionals and therapists can help. Recommended websites and organisations.