Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy
Working with parent groups – a training resource for facilitators, parents, caregivers, and persons with cerebral palsy
This manual aims to increase knowledge and skills in caring for a child with cerebral palsy. Research highlighted the significant needs of the caregivers, and how they can gain a huge amount of support from meeting with each other in an understanding environment.
It promotes a participatory learning approach with an emphasis on working with groups and the empowerment of parents and caregivers.
“Before, my family and people in my community used to say ‘this child’s suffering is a result of parent’s sin’. After taking the training I have explained what causes cerebral palsy to others. Now, no-one says anything like this.” – Parent, Sirajganj, Bangladesh
The manual is available to download for free from this page in English and Spanish. A Chichewa (Malawi) version is also ready for sharing and the manual is being translated in a variety of other languages through the online community “Working in the community with children with cerebral palsy“.
A background paper on the quality of life of caregivers of children with disabilities in Bangladesh has also been published by the ICED team titled: “Understanding the Lives of Caregivers of Children with Cerebral Palsy in rural Bangladesh: Use of Mixed Methods“
Download “Getting to know cerebral palsy” in English and Spanish
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Download “Getting to know cerebral palsy” in English
Download high quality versions of each module:
- Cover & Module 0: Before You Begin! (PDF 4.4Mb)
- Module 1: Introduction PDF (1.2Mb)
- Module 2: Evaluating Your Child PDF (3.4Mb)
- Module 3: Positioning and Carrying (PDF 12.1Mb)
- Module 4: Communication PDF (2.5Mb)
- Module 5: Everyday Activities PDF (3.5Mb)
- Module 6: Feeding Your Child PDF (4.8Mb)
- Module 7: Play PDF (3.7Mb)
- Module 8: Disability in Your Local Community PDF (1.8Mb)
- Module 9: Running Your Own Parent Support Group PDF (1.2Mb)
- Module 10: Assistive Devices and Resources PDF (4.7Mb)
Download display materials to accompany the training materials. We recommend that you print these out and laminate them.
Download “Familiarizándonos con la Parálisis Cerebral” in Spanish
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Find out more: join an online community “Working in the community with children with cerebral palsy”
“Working in the community with children with cerebral palsy” is a new online community that aims to support practitioners share their learning and experiences around the parent training manual. Members can share questions and perspectives, news items and resources with each via email or through a community website.