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Supporting children with cerebral palsy: a video resource kit.

This resource kit helps children with cerebral palsy to carry out stretching exercises at home. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition where brain damage affects the child’s ability to control and coordinate different parts of their body. It causes tightening of muscles that affect general motor functions and/or uncoordinated muscle movement.

The purpose of this resource is to produce a more visual approach to help children with cerebral palsy in doing their daily stretching exercises and to provide fun and interesting ways that the children can do these exercises in a home setting using common household items or easily available therapy items such as phone book, wedge, footstools, and footy socks. A total of 36 video clips showing various stretching exercises are available.

This resource is designed for use mainly by children with cerebral palsy at Level 1 or 2 on the Gross Motor Function Classification Scale (GMFCS). For more information on GMFCS, please see: http://www.canchild.ca/

This resource is made possible through the University of Wollongong’s Community Engagement Grant Scheme in 2008. The community partners of this project are the Physiotherapy Department at the Wollongong Hospital, South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service and The Disability Trust.


Joanne Morrell,  Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist, from the Physiotherapy Department at the Wollongong Hospital, has designed these exercises.

Matthew, Sophie, Sebastian and Jesslyn and their families for participating in the video shoots.

Matt Harding for music.

Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources (CEDIR) for web development and video production.

If you wish to provide any feedback or comments on this resource please contact Dr Sim Kim Lau on 02-42214132 or simlau@uow.edu.au


The material presented in this website is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical or healthcare advice.  Any use of the techniques in this website is at your discretion.  Should you or your child require management of a disability, injury or condition, you should seek appropriate consultation with a qualified medical or healthcare professional on the individual’s health management. The University of Wollongong disclaims any liability for any injury or loss arising from use of the this website.
  Last reviewed: 14 July, 2009 
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