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Researchers Make Gains in Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy occurs when a child experiences a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or at birth- but a recent discovery by researchers have found that this may not be the complete story. An international research team at the University of Adelaide discovered that at least 14% of cerebral palsy cases are caused by a genetic mutation. This new information will likely lead to changes in protocol for preventing, managing, and treating the neurodevelopmental disorder.

As Professor Jozef Gecz from the University of Adelaide says, “Our research will lead to early diagnosis of some cerebral palsies and aid preventative genetic techniques in the future. It should also reduce inappropriate litigation against obstetric medics -- who at times are blamed for causing the condition -- which has led to defensive obstetrics and unnecessarily high caesarean delivery rates."

For children who are born with this challenging disorder, PlayAbility Toys manufactures toys specifically to aid in their development. Our Whole Picture Matching Game is especially helpful for children with cerebral palsy. Children find this game entertaining and almost magical as the whole picture is revealed one card at a time. Each game board includes pieces of the picture that matches the holes in the cards. When a card is placed in just the right spot, the missing part of the picture appears! Plus, one of the holes reveals the name of the image! "Going Places" teaches children about ways to "go places" such as bicycles, boats, cars, airplanes, etc. The unique board design and large pieces will allow children with special needs to have hours of fun and feel a sense of accomplishment as they complete the different puzzles. Great for one to six players!

Read the entire article from Science Daily

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