Cypress Family Tips for Today and Tomorrow

WHO IS THE NUMBER ONE PERSON YOU ARE CARING FOR RIGHT NOW? YOU!

Although close to impossible with our current stay home, self-care in the small moments you have available is essential for your mental and physical health. Can you take a few deep breaths, stretch for a bit, call a friend-family member? If you or your child need extra urgent help right now- call your Regional Center and doctor and be assertive!

Your best health can support your child’s best health. How can we help?

Your Teacher, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Behaviorist can provide you with an individualized DAILY SCHEDULE, TOKEN REWARD SYSTEMS, TIMERS, OT CALMING STRATEGIES, SPEECH COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, STEP BY STEP TASKS AND BEHAVIOR SUPPORT PLANS! Email any of these helpers today if you need materials, tech support, a zoom call with one on one help, a group zoom, etc. Email me, Nate or Joe for supports with the team!

If you are a single family member caring for your child/grandchild, try to schedule safe breaks when your child is engaged in a reward/activity that requires the least of your attention.

If you have a partner or siblings that are old enough to help, sit down with them and make a daily plan for which of you will do which activities with your child (with flexibility for the unexpected) so that everybody helps and everybody supports each other.

Six Cypress Family Tips

  • Time Management: ….use timers/tasks that are easily completed (page of math, silverware sorted, folded laundry into drawers)
  • Reward Good Behavior. …..Make a written or picture schedule of the day, use physical praise (hugs, squeezes, fist bumps) visual and verbal praise-use a variety of preferred rewards
  • Let Them Choose. …(choices of outfits, meal options, physical activities, tasks, rewards).
  • Distract BadBehavior. … without yelling, using harsh tones or physically prompting try to visually or verbally direct them to another task, or area
  • Help your child Practice De-stressing skills when calm
  • Help your child Practice Communication skills when calm
    • Plan ahead with materials and rewards that your child can do, and work for. To get them going, have your child engage in their preferred activity briefly and then use the First Then Cards to show them First Task/ Then Reward.
    • During ‘work’ periods you should try to give the least amount of supports and focus on praising your child’s engagement.

Cypress Family Sample Schedule

wakeup hygiene

dressing

  • breakfast routine including prep, eating and clean-up

reward

physical activity- dancing, yoga, calisthenics 

reward

task

reward

physical activity

reward

task

reward

  • lunch meal routine- if possible, a rest period in here is ideal

reward

physical activity- dancing, yoga, calisthenics 

reward

task

reward

physical activity

snack

reward

task

  • dinner meal routine

reward, task, reward and bedtime routine

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Hi friends!
October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy day!
Today we come together (virtually) to celebrate, to build awareness of what CP is and to create change!

At BOOST we celebrate our students achievements! It is impressive how all of them have adapted to this new crazy schedule and continued to work towards their goals. We are so proud of you for doing all this with a smile on your face!

Did you know that there are 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy? It is the most common physical disability in childhood. It primarily affects movement, but people with CP may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.

BOOST offers a classroom program that is structured specifically for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities. Our students learn best in a movement based structure. Therefore we provide multiple opportunities where they can practice and learn to master their skills. We are proud to be an organization that is creating change and working hard so that our students can have a better life.

Let’s celebrate in person next year! 💚💚💚

Thank you to our UCPNB family for loving, caring and advocating for our students! Margaret Farman, Laura Briggin, Nate Yates, Jen Whalen, Steve Gatlin, Amanda Buhrer, Devin Cornish, Kiana Shibata, Sammie Wills, Nana Peña Caldera💚💚
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Hi friends!
October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy day!
Today we come together (virtually) to celebrate, to build awareness of what CP is and to create change!

At BOOST we celebrate our students achievements! It is impressive how all of them have adapted to this new crazy schedule and continued to work towards their goals. We are so proud of you for doing all this with a smile on your face!

Did you know that there are 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy? It is the most common physical disability in childhood. It primarily affects movement, but people with CP may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments.

BOOST offers a classroom program that is structured specifically for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disabilities. Our students learn best in a movement based structure. Therefore we provide multiple opportunities where they can practice and learn to master their skills. We are proud to be an organization that is creating change and working hard so that our students can have a better life.

Lets celebrate in person next year! 💚💚💚

Thank you to our UCPNB family for loving, caring and advocating for our students! Margaret Farman, Laura Briggin, Nate Yates, Jen Whalen, Steve Gatlin, Amanda Buhrer, Devin Cornish, Kiana Shibata, Sammie Wills, Nana Peña Caldera💚💚

World CP Day is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to recognize and celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.

On 6 October every year, individuals, families and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the color green.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, yet around the globe, there’s a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in the medical field.

Through World CP Day we can build awareness of what CP is, how it’s caused, and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP.

As World CP Day continues to grow in popularity, we will continue to show the world all the incredible things that people with cerebral palsy achieve when barriers are removed.

Learn more and share your stories at: worldcpday.org/
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World CP Day is an opportunity for the whole world to come together to recognize and celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with cerebral palsy.

On 6 October every year, individuals, families and organizations celebrate by sharing stories, hosting events, and wearing the color green.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability, yet around the globe, there’s a broad lack of knowledge of what it is and how it’s caused, even in the medical field.

Through World CP Day we can build awareness of what CP is, how it’s caused, and how early detection and intervention is the key to improving outcomes for people with CP.

As World CP Day continues to grow in popularity, we will continue to show the world all the incredible things that people with cerebral palsy achieve when barriers are removed.

Learn more and share your stories at: https://worldcpday.org/
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