Toolkit: Encouraging Cognitive and Social 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. Try these tips to develop cognitive and social skills:

  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children. If necessary, help to include him in play. Toddlers will just “parallel play,” but being with other children is very important. Help your child share with others.
  • Give your child pictures to look at and play games identifying the objects.
  • Hide objects under a cloth or behind something and see if your child finds it.
  • Play with puzzles.