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: II. Analysis of Observations

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)


Family's concerns (see chapter 6)

General impression



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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