Cerebral palsy and school
Children with cerebral palsy can either go to a state-funded school, a public school, can be home-schooled or go to a school for children with special needs. Your choice will largely depend on your financial possibilities and the level of disability your child has.
Schools for children without disabilities, i.e. state-funded schools and public schools, may or may not be equipped to deal with the special needs of children with cerebral palsy. However, they have the advantage that children with disabilities can learn in a normal environment and actually get better results because they are more challenged by the normal curriculum.
Public schools are generally better funded and may have better facilities to suit your child’s needs, but this is not a rule. Some state-funded schools have state-of-the-art facilities. Scout the available options and choose the best one based on your child’s individual needs.
Home-schooling and special schools
If you decide to home-school your child, you’ll be depriving her of the company of her peers. While you may fear things such as bullying and peer pressure, the community at school has also many good qualities. You’ll have to provide your child with additional opportunities to socialize with peers.
Special schools are fully adapted to deal with the special needs of children. But the curriculum is also adapted, which usually means – simplified. If your child is bright and curious and cerebral palsy is just a minor obstacle for him, don’t send him to a special school.