What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is not any one therapeutic practice, but rather a group of psychotherapy treatments with scientifically-demonstrated benefits. People with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, and intellectual impairments may have a lot to gain from pursuing this type of therapy. Stereotypical views of psychotherapy involve dream interpretation and in-depth analysis of childhood…

What Is Speech Therapy?

A common misconception about speech therapy is that it focuses only on helping patients say words more clearly and overcome impediments such as stuttering. In reality, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), or more colloquially “speech therapists,” do much more than that. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), SLPs “work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech,…

What Is Assistive Technology?

People with cerebral palsy can often benefit from assistive technology. According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association, Assistive Technology (AT) is “any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.” The term covers an extremely broad range of items,…