Some teens and young adults with
cerebral palsy need extra help preparing for
independent living. For example, learning to drive a car may require intensive
training and a high level of assistance. Occupational therapists are trained to
prepare people with disabilities for these types of events.
Some adults with cerebral palsy live at home until their parents pass
away or are no longer able to care for them. These older adults may need the
same level of training for independent living that teens and young adults
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Major independent living skills include preparing meals, handling
money properly and using a checkbook, knowing when and where to seek medical
care, and driving a car or using public transportation.
Community agencies help people with cerebral palsy make the
transition to independent living. Specially designed living spaces help some
teens and young adults to live alone. Other teens and young adults choose to
live in group homes, preferring the comfort of being around people and knowing
that extra help is available if they need it.
For more information:
Talk with other parents about how they have
helped their children with cerebral palsy adjust to independent
Find out about local agencies that help people with
physical disabilities to live on their own.
Visit group homes in
your community and talk with people who live there.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
September 30, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 30, 2010
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