Helix Rolls into a Sleepover is a new children’s book about the day to day life of an amazing young man named Benjamin Shrader. Benjamin is a triplet, he was born with cerebral palsy. In honor of him, we made these cerebral palsy ribbon magnets. March is cerebral palsy awareness month. A portion of the proceeds will be going to Helix Wheels Foundation to help give back mobility to children who need it. http://www.helixwheelsfoundation.org
Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. It is due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
Cerebral palsy affects people in different ways and can affect body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Although cerebral palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of these signs of cerebral palsy can improve or worsen over time.
In the United States, it is estimated that there are approximately 800,000 people living with cerebral palsy. Worldwide, the incidence of cerebral palsy is 1 in 500 births. There are currently 17 million people in the world who have cerebral palsy.
For most people with cerebral palsy, the cause is unknown. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy.
Although cerebral palsy is a lifelong disability, there are many interventions that can help reduce its impact on the body and the individual’s quality of life. An intervention is a service that aims to improve the condition of cerebral palsy and the day-to-day experience of the person living with it.
Children with cerebral palsy may be supported by a team of professionals including health professionals and community-based support services who work together to help the child and family reach their goals.