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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.

Assessing a Child with Cerebral Palsy: I. Observing and Handling
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 ...

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