The brain injury causing a child’s Cerebral Palsy diagnosis can present itself in a number of ways. While some children may face physical challenges due to their CP, others can face significant barriers in mental development. As such, there is no surefire suggestion regarding toys for a child with Cerebral Palsy. For those parents whose child has been impacted developmentally by Cerebral Palsy, we do believe that any stigma associated with ‘age recommendations’ should be ignored in favor of good old-fashioned fun. In short, the best toy for a child with Cerebral Palsy is one that brings happiness.
At its core, a toy is meant to be an escape or source of joy for a child. Unfortunately, due to age recommendations on the packaging of toys, parents worry about ‘what is said’ about a toy that doesn’t align with their child’s birthday. Instead of focusing on this, we recommend parents understand that this number is simply something that does not apply to their child. This is not a sign of accepting defeat or lowering expectations. Instead, it’s a careful choice reflecting your child’s interests and what your core focus is: what makes him or her happy.