CPF Executive Director Rachel Byrne and Christina Smallwood talk about parenting a child with cerebral palsy, therapy, siblings and helping her learn to be a self advocate.
“I remember when we first started Fifi + Mo, they did model calls. I would dress her up, and she would sit on a stool, and she'd smile, and I'd submit her. I actually remember a few people saying, "We need her to stand. We need this and that." I would explain to them that she wasn't able to and they'd go, "Oh, okay. Well, reach back out when she can." I quickly realized that not everyone's going to love and accept her the way I do.”