This book is a practical guide to the effective treatment of cerebral palsy in children. It provides a set of principles by which to observe and analyze individual patients' problems and then plan treatment. With the help of this book, non-specialists working with children with cerebral palsy can make decisions and choose the appropriate therapeutic activities for each child. It includes examples of how to apply these principles to real-life situations, using easy-to-follow descriptions and illustrations. New to this revised edition is a chapter on sensory integration problems with children with cerebral palsy, which looks at ways of evaluating and then dealing with these problems. The author also integrates theory with practical skills more closely.

What is Cerebral Palsy and How Does it Affect Children?

What is cerebral palsy and how does it affect children?

Cerebral means ‘concerning the brain’ and palsy means paralysis or the inability to move. CP, then, is a kind of paralysis that results from damage to the brain. The modern definition of CP is this: A persistent, but not unchanging disorder of movement and posture due to a non-progressive disorder of the immature brain (that is, under about 2 years of age).

In other words, the damage that has been done to the child's brain cannot be cured, nor will it worsen. It is ‘persistent’ and non-progressive. The disorder of movement and posture can, however, change. A child with CP, like all children, will grow and develop. ...

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