A Horse

The horse has been an animal I have little experience around. They are the main focus involved in many shows and movies. A horse has often been an animal of intrigue during my life. Though my only time on horseback was on vacation in my youth. It was an exciting experience and I couldn’t tell … More A Horse

Doors

Cerebral palsy can cause a feeling of the world around us being designed for others. It certainly seems true, most of the world we inhabit was structured for those without disabilities. The simple fact leaves us with challenges of finding ways to adjust. Sometimes attempting to make those adjustments can bring on feelings of loneliness. … More Doors

24 inches of Box

Jumping up onto a box has always seemed a fun exercise. A person often jumps from a flat-footed position during the movement. The concept would be to jump up onto the top of a box, landing in a balanced position. The box can vary in height, depending on the ability to leap. My first experience … More 24 inches of Box

The School

This week gave me the opportunity to visit one of the schools in my area. The early childhood center has been a part of our community since I can remember. Serving children with special needs between the ages of three and five years of age. The school was attended by myself as a child. They … More The School

Balance Beam

The journey to improving balance continues with every new challenge. An exciting aspect of working out with Bernard has become new exercises. He finds ways to challenge the obstacles of cerebral palsy with surprising tools. We ventured back to the use of the small purple blocks. The same blocks he has used to measure a … More Balance Beam

Together

Any team probably takes time to gel. Just as any group of people take time to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each other. As we learn the things making each of us tick, the journey can be fascinating. Coaching football for the second year has led to different perspectives on the team building process. … More Together

Hurdling with Force

Each exercise Bernard has me perform seems to contain another step. He has a way to make things more challenging. The progressions he provides become the key to gaining strength. There are times when he gives me an idea of our next step with an exercise. Most times the next progression doesn’t appear until we … More Hurdling with Force

Lateral Step

There are many ways to help improve balance. During our time of training, Bernard has brought in many different exercises. As balance has been something cerebral palsy tends to make more complicated. The lateral step wasn’t an entirely new concept for me this week. We had worked on the movement just over a year ago. … More Lateral Step

Lights On

A challenge of having cerebral palsy seems to be physical multi-tasking. We have found this to be a challenge through our workout sessions. When Bernard provides one movement, I have the ability to pick it up with little trouble. If he adds in another movement, causing me to coordinate two movements at one time, things … More Lights On

Twister Progress

We brought the game of Twister into our workout. The game was introduced by Bernard to work on balance. Like the Twister game of my youth, it asks for a person to move their limbs to different locations on a mat. The players might be asked to place their left hand at in one position, … More Twister Progress