Toolkit for Feeding Children with Cerebral Palsy
This toolkit is designed to assist organizations or individuals interested in meeting the training needs of caregivers for children with cerebral palsy (CP).
Children with cerebral palsy are at high risk for feeding difficulties (and resulting malnutrition). Children can have difficulties with drinking liquids, swallowing, and/or chewing. Due to muscle tone issues and involuntary movements, children with CP often have decreased coordination of oral muscles, which can lead to poor nutritional intake during feedings. The following video provides users with general information on cerebral palsy and basic feeding practices for children with cerebral palsy to encourage improved control and safety for the caregiver and child.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This video is NOT comprehensive. Proper positioning and feeding of children with cerebral palsy requires hands-on instruction from a trained professional.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this video is not specific to a particular country or culture, but is general so that organizations and individuals may tailor information as needed. Users accept responsibility for the interpretation and application of the video.