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Can anyone help me please with suggestions for play activities/stimulus for a child with CP?

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Beauregard Wed 30-Jul-08 23:59:32

I am new to supporting a child with CP and am struggling with new ideas.
Any suggestions welcome thankyou.
At the moment we do sensory toys,listening to tapes and me reading,out in the garden,touching favourite objects,Waterball,listening to music.

LollipopViolet Thu 31-Jul-08 08:31:15

Swimming! I have a friend with CP and she adores going swimming. And if you're with the child it doesn't matter how old they are, because if you're in the water with them, they're going to be safe.

Beauregard Thu 31-Jul-08 13:27:33

Thankyou for the suggestionsmile
I am not sure his parents would agree to swimming as there would be safety issues regarding his mobility and manual handling blah de blah.
Anymore ideas?

Beauregard Thu 31-Jul-08 21:59:21

x

2shoes Thu 31-Jul-08 22:21:05

How aold is the child and how affected is he/she?
dd has cp so will try and remeber

Beauregard Thu 31-Jul-08 22:31:52

Hi 2shoes
The child is 12 and quite severely affected

supportman Thu 31-Jul-08 22:37:29

Some more ideas for sensory based activities.

Tacpac is a good sensory activity, see www.tacpac.co.uk
Books that have various textures are good to involve the child with reading the book.
Involve them with cooking cakes etc by getting them to help with the mixing.
Painting and drawing, gooey and sludgy stuff.

Also going out for a walk along seafront or in countryside is nice.

Beauregard Thu 31-Jul-08 22:37:30

oops it is a he btw
I am struggling for ideas because my work is purely based in his home

2shoes Thu 31-Jul-08 22:51:22

I can only say what dd likes, she is 13 and has cp but is "bright" so I don't do sensory stuff.
water play, she will play for ages with a bowl of water
if he can't do it alone you help.
coking? id you made something that involved dough like cooKies so(assuming he has little movement) he could roll and cut with you doing hand over hand.
same with painting, get a roll of lining paper and paint (ELC) as it washes of and stic it to his tray with masking tape. then put a blob on the paper and let him use his hands.
(not sure if these are any good)

2shoes Thu 31-Jul-08 22:52:35

drawing with felt tips is good as well. dd loves that, BUT THEY HAVE TO BE ELC AS THEY WAHS OFf

Beauregard Thu 31-Jul-08 22:56:12

Thankyou all for the suggestions i will ask his family for some materialssmile

Not sure i am brave enough to try the paints (white carpets)lol

2shoes Thu 31-Jul-08 22:57:27

That is what the garden is for I did it once in the kitchen ended up with paint everywhere

Beauregard Thu 31-Jul-08 23:07:55

grin

MintPattie Sat 02-Aug-08 07:49:28

A few things we do for DD are filling a bowl full of shaving foam to squish her hands in(have to watch she doesn't try to eat it), water and cornflour (weird consistency and great sensory activity)..we also fill a bowl with sand and hide small plastic toys that she has to find, or add water and shape the sand. All messy grin

As well as painting, trying some gluing activities. Use hands or a dabber/brush, and different textured cloth patches, fuzzy balls, leaves whatever....you could design a card for someone in his family (bet his mum would love one), WH Smith have Baby Crayons which are flat-headed and easier to hold if you can't face messy paint...

MintPattie Sat 02-Aug-08 07:49:30

A few things we do for DD are filling a bowl full of shaving foam to squish her hands in(have to watch she doesn't try to eat it), water and cornflour (weird consistency and great sensory activity)..we also fill a bowl with sand and hide small plastic toys that she has to find, or add water and shape the sand. All messy grin

As well as painting, trying some gluing activities. Use hands or a dabber/brush, and different textured cloth patches, fuzzy balls, leaves whatever....you could design a card for someone in his family (bet his mum would love one), WH Smith have Baby Crayons which are flat-headed and easier to hold if you can't face messy paint...

SlothyMcFrothy Sat 02-Aug-08 16:38:06

It is pelvic i have namechanged for a bit

Thankyou for the suggestions ,some great ideas to work with.I will definately give them a go.

kennythekangaroo Mon 04-Aug-08 22:27:26

Feed the birds. I put bread on DS's tray and he flings it off. We've also made bird seed cake for the winter

SlothyMcFrothy Mon 04-Aug-08 23:14:09

Another good suggestion thankyou

SlothyMcFrothy Mon 04-Aug-08 23:14:41

Anymore indoor suggestions?

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