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Stuck in Neutral In the story I will be reading aloud to you, Stuck in Neutral, the main character is a wheelchair bound boy who has Ceberal Palsy.

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1 Stuck in Neutral In the story I will be reading aloud to you, Stuck in Neutral, the main character is a wheelchair bound boy who has Ceberal Palsy.

2 An Atypical Look at CP CP= Cerebral Palsy

3 What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral palsy (CP) is a general term for a group of non-contagious diseases that cause physical disability in human development. Cerebral palsy Cerebral: refers to the affected area of the brain, the cerebrum Palsy: refers to disorder of movement.

4 What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral Palsy happens to about 2 of every 1000 people who are born. The incidence is higher in males than in females. Possible Symptoms of Ceberal Palsy: Abnormal muscle tone Posture (i.e. slouching over while sitting), Impaired reflexes, motor development and coordination There can be joint and bone deformities Contractures (permanently fixed, tight muscles and joints). Spasms, other involuntary movements (e.g. facial gestures), unsteady walking, problems with balance Loss of muscle mass

5 What is Cerebral Palsy? Babies born with severe CP often have an irregular posture; their bodies may be either very floppy or very stiff. Birth defects, such as a curved spine, a small jawbone, or a small head sometimes occur along with CP. Symptoms may appear, change, or become more severe as a child gets older. Some babies born with CP do not show obvious signs right away. There is no known cure for CP. Medical intervention is limited to the treatment and prevention of complications possible from CP's consequences.

6 Cerebral Palsy Does not necessarily mean the person is limited ability, or that their brain is affected at all. It’s possible that brain damage can occur from CP, but not usual.

7 Steven Hawking Stephen Hawking - Professor Stephen Hawking is a well-known example of a person with MND, and has lived for more than 40 years with the disease. He is an internationally famous physicist He defied time and doctor’s predictions that he would not live 2-years beyond his 21 years of age He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The symptoms are very similar to those of CP, Hawking cannot walk, talk, breathe easy, swallow and has difficulty in holding up his head.

8 Josh Blue An American comedian who was voted the Last Comic Standing on NBC's reality show Last Comic Standing during its fourth season, which aired May–August, Josh Blue has cerebral palsy and many of his jokes center on living with his disability, how he deals with it and how other people view him. He coined the term "palsy punch" during his final set of the final round of the show, when he said that the palsy punch is effective in a fight because "first of all, they don't know where the punch is coming from, and second of all, neither do I." Blue also joked that signing an autograph takes 45 minutes, and that to write down his phone number he has to find a "big ole' stack of paper." video clips of Josh Blue. video clips of Josh Blue. Video clip #2

9 Voice What does it mean to have voice? What does it mean to write with voice? Do Characters have voice? How does an author create a character with strong voice? Who are some characters with a strong voice?


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