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Cerebral palsy: a complete guide for caregiving / Miller, Freeman -- Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
This book helps parents understand cerebral palsy and how it affects their child. Provides families with vital information to help them cope. Includes information on specific patterns of involvement, practical advice about caregiving, and an encyclopedia of medical terms and diagnoses.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 M53 2006

Everyday superhero / Moffatt, Stefania -- Canada: Stefania Moffatt, 2012.
This children's book features an eight-year-old girl, Kat, who has cerebral palsy (CP). The book highlights all the cool things she can do such as dance class and explains how CP doesn’t slow her down.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 M64 2012

Handling the young child with cerebral palsy at home / Finnie, Nancie R. -- New York: Elsevier, 2009.
This book has been written to help the parents of a child with cerebral palsy assist their child towards achieving the most comfortable independence in all activities. It is also intended to help professionals and other carers new to this field understand, support and encourage young children with CP and their families.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 F56 2009

Living with cerebral palsy / Gray, Susan H. -- Chanhassen, MN: The Child's World, 2002.
Helps children understand what cerebral palsy is and what it's like to live with it.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 G74 2002

Mitchell's story: living with cerebral palsy / Parkin, Jeff -- Victoria, BC: Trafford, 2003.
This is the story of one family’s struggle to give their son as normal a life as possible - and the rewards they found along the way.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 P37 2003

Nathan's wish: a story about cerebral palsy / Lears, Laurie -- Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whiteman & Co, 2005.
A boy with cerebral palsy helps out at a raptor rehabilitation center and is inspired when an owl that cannot fly finds another purpose in life.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 L42 2005

Le nouveau de la classe / Gervais, Jean. -- Montréal: Les Éditions du Boréal, 1992.
Un nouvel élève qui souffre de paralysie cérébrale arrive dans la classe de Dominique. Dominique et tous les autres élèves apprennent à l’accepter pour qui il est.  Pour les enfants de 6 à 12 ans.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 G47

Rolling along: the story of Taylor and his wheelchair / Heelan, Jamee Riggio -- Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers, 2000.
A children's story about a boy named Taylor who gains more independence and happiness as he learns to use a wheelchair.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 H44 2000 

Taking Cerebral Palsy to school / Anderson, Mary Elizabeth -- Plainview, NY: Jayjo Books, 2000.
A book about cerebral palsy for children with CP or for children with friends or classmates who have CP. Appropriate for ages: 5-10 years.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 A52

Teaching motor skills to children with cerebral palsy and similar movement disorders: a guide for parents and professionals / Martin, Sieglinde -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, Inc. 2006.
A resource to help young children with gross motor delays learn and practise motor skills outside of therapy sessions. Presents dozens of easy-to-follow exercises with photos, anecdotes, and frequently asked questions.
FAM RJ 496 .C4 M3 2006

Yoga for the special child: therapeutic approach for infants and children with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities / Sumar, Sonia -- Sarasota, FL: Special Yoga Publication, 1998.
An easy-to-follow program for parents, educators, yoga teachers, and health care professionals which includes: a step-by-step, integrated system of yoga poses designed to increase cognitive and motor skills in children with learning and developmental disabilities. Specialized breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to improve concentration and reduce hyperactivity.
FAM HV 888 .S85 1998

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Web Sites

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy 

Cerebral Palsy – U.S. National Library of Medicine

My Child: The Ultimate Resource for Everything Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy - About Kids Health / Infirmité matrice cérébrale – About Kids Health

Easter Seals

Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec

Cerebral Palsy – March of Dimes

Cerebral Palsy Group

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LetMeTalk: Free AAC Talker
● From Appnotize UG
● Free
● English
● Last updated Jan 2017
● From Google Play: A free AAC talker app which supports communication in all areas of life and therefore providing a voice to everyone.  LetMeTalk is donation financed.LetMeTalk enables you to line up images in a meaningful way to read this row of images as a sentence. To line up images is known as AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).The image database of LetMeTalk contains more than 9,000 easy to understand images from ARASAAC ( Additionally, you can add existing images from the device or take new photos with the build in camera.To use LetMeTalk, no internet connection or mobile contract is necessary. Therefore you can use LetMeTalk in almost any situation, like hospitals, nursing home or schools.
● Available from Google Play and iTunes

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Local Contacts

Easter Seals
1101 Prince of Wales Drive, Suite 350
Ottawa, ON K2C 3W7

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy - Ottawa Region
2405 St. Laurent Blvd. Unit G
Ottawa, ON, K1G 5B4
Phone 613-569-6948
Toll Free 1-877-888-4315

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at

Last Updated: September 2017
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