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Assessing a Child with Cerebral Palsy: II. Analysis of Observations
Assessing a child with cerebral palsy: II. Analysis of observations

This chapter will guide you through the process of making a record of waht you have observed. The object is not just to store the information but also to analyse it, leading to an understanding of the child's problems. You could use the following headings as a framework for your report:

Diagnosis (which kind of cerebral palsy)

History

Family's concerns (see chapter 6)

General impression

Abilities

Inabilities

Basic tone

Postural patterns

Contractures and deformities

Main underlying problems

In the first section of this chapter you will learn how the different kinds of CP are classified. Matching your observations of the child you are assessing with the features of each kind of CP will help you diagnose which ...

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