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Chapter 2: Assessing a Child with Cerebral Palsy: I. Observing and Handling
The assessment of a child with CP is the key to good treatment. Each child with CP is different, and the therapist treating the child must be able to find the underlying causes of his or her inability to function normally before the treatment can be effective.
To give an example: a child with spastic quadriplegia can sit alone on the floor when placed but her balance reactions seem not to be reliable and she is fearful of falling. It might seem reasonable, in this case, for the therapist to work to develop better balance reactions, but in fact this will not succeed unless the spasticity around ...