Toolkit: Encouraging Communication Development through Play in a Child with Cerebral Palsy

There are many treatment options for a child with cerebral palsy (CP). But play can go a long way toward encouraging development. Much of play is about communication and can therefore greatly enhance communication development. Try these tips to develop communication skills:

  • Play games blowing and reaching to pop bubbles. This promotes respiratory and motor development.
  • Read to your child and encourage pointing and labeling objects.
  • Facilitate communication in daily routines. This includes during diaper changes and mealtimes by using music, labeling objects, and repeating your child’s sounds.
  • Introduce a straw cup for drinking instead of a sippy cup.