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Mindfulness: A Key to Wellbeing in Cerebral Palsy

Headshots of two women from the National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability involved in mindfulness training

Emily Hornsby, on the left, is a mindfulness instructor and Tracy Flemming Tracy on the right, is a healthcare inclusion specialist.

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network and its partner, the National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) will offer a MyCP webinar on mindfulness next Monday, February 12 at 8 pm ET. The practice of mindfulness, a type of meditation, is easy to learn and is proven to reduce stress as well as provide other wellbeing benefits such as relaxing the mind and body. NCHPAD healthcare inclusion specialist, Tracy Flemming Tracy, OT, PhD(c), will give an overview of NCHPAD Connect which provides access to a variety of health programs of which the MENTOR wellbeing program is the cornerstone. Mindfulness instructor Emily Hornsby will discuss the benefits of mindfulness and lead the participants through a mindfulness practice session during the webinar. Interested members of the community can join the session by registering.

The “M” in the “MENTOR” program offered by NCHPAD is for mindfulness and a key component of the education in this remarkable program offered to physically disabled members of the community. The MENTOR program also offers training in exercise and nutrition as well as providing wellbeing coaching during the eight-week free program. The CP Research Network worked with NCHPAD to pilot the MENTOR program for the CP community in 2022. In 2023, NCHPAD and the network partnered to introduce the NCHPAD Connect programs with a special focus on the MENTOR program to members of the CP community.

In addition to her role as the Healthcare Inclusion specialist, Ms. Tracy is also a licensed Occupational Therapist and a PhD Candidate in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Over the past 7 years, she has focused on research involving telerehabilitation and its promotion among people living with physical disabilities. In her current role with NCHPAD, she has been able to implement a participant-centered approach to recruitment, program delivery, and retention to enrich the participant experience and collaborations with healthcare and organizational partners.

Emily Hornsby is the Mindfulness Curriculum Coordinator for the MENTOR Program, a certified mindfulness meditation teacher including the mindfulness classes for the MENTOR Program. She has worked with individuals who have been severely injured and disabled through her previous work as a personal injury attorney for over 25 years. She is passionate about teaching mindfulness to participants of the MENTOR program. Through mindfulness practices it is Ms. Hornsby’s intention that participants will discover more freedom in how they respond to external stimuli and that they will find more clarity, peace and acceptance in the face of difficulties in their life.

Please join us for this unique session of information and mindfulness practice. The speakers will be available to answer questions about mindfulness, MENTOR, and the other programs available to the community through NCHPAD Connect.  A recording of the webinar will be available on our YouTube channel or click on the link below.