Psychobiology of the Hand

The hand is a remarkable organ which is characteristic of primates and most highly developed in man. This book deals with the evolution and development of hand function, with the structure of the hand and with the hand as a perceptual system. Neurophysiology and psychology of hand function are included, as are problems of disability. With expert interdisciplinary contributions from around the world, this wide-ranging overview is sure to be of value to all those interested in hand function, development, pathology and therapy.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 147

Rett Syndrome

Among the vast body of literature that has grown around Rett syndrome, this volume is the first to be aimed at both clinicians and researchers.

It presents a comprehensive overview of the disorder and examines the areas where gaps in knowledge are most significant.

Rett Syndrome is intended to be a guide for both initial examination and in-depth study of the disorder. It is a practical text for the physician approaching the disorder for the first time and a valuable reference resource for the specialist or researcher.

Video About the Book

Watch Dr Walter Kaufmann, Editor of Rett Syndrome, discuss the book.

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Shaking and Other Non-accidental Head Injuries in Children

The Research Programme on Shaken Baby Syndrome in Edinburgh is internationally recognised for its prominent ongoing research into the epidemiology, bio-mechanics, primary and secondary brain insults, neuroradiological aspects, medical-social aspects, and neurodevelopmental and neuropsychometric sequelae of shaking a baby. In this book, a highly distinguished team of experts from the programme present the clinician with the latest findings on the syndrome, covering the diagnosis of the syndrome itself and the long-term disability that results which, unlike other forms of child abuse associated with psychological scars, is also associated with a high degree of life-long physical and intellectual disability. This will be invaluable reading for all professionals concerned with diagnosing and treating this syndrome.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 162

Sleep Disturbance in Children and Adolescents with Disorders of Development

Sleep disturbance is extremely common in the various disorders of development, be they physical or psychological in nature. It adds significantly to the burden of care but is a neglected topic and there is no single source of information to guide practice and management. In this book an international team of experts provides for the first time an integrated, comprehensive and up-to-date review of the nature and causes of sleep disorders, describing the special assessment and management considerations for each of the different developmental disorders. The book will be essential reading for all professionals working in the area of developmental disorders, and will also be of considerable interest to teachers, social workers and parents.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 155

Spinal Cord Injury in the Child and Young Adult

Persons with paediatric-onset spinal cord injury also have unique developmental needs. They experience the typical ongoing challenges of each developmental stage (e.g. childhood, adolescence) as well as changes owing to their spinal cord injury.

This book is intended for clinicians of all disciplines, from those who may only occasionally care for youth with spinal cord injury to those who specialize in spinal cord injury, as well as clinical and basic researchers in the spinal cord injury field.

Topics covered include new developments in pediatric spinal cord injury research, current standards for optimal care, areas lacking scientific evidence, and recommendations for clinical practice and future research.

Readership

Developmental paediatricians, paediatric intensivists, paediatricians, orthopaedic surgeons, spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, neurologists, urologists, plastic surgeons, psychologists,  occupational, speech, and physical therapists, biomedical/rehabilitation engineers, nurses,  life care planners, orthotists.

Full Book Review

Read the full book review by Deborah Gaebler Spira published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

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Neurophysiological Examination of the Newborn lnfant

This book describes the application of neurophysiological examination techniques to the newborn infant, and evaluates their importance in the care of newborn babies.

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Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology of Motor Development

The central focus of this book is the development of skilled motor actions by children; commonplace but vital actions such as maintaining posture, walking, reaching and grasping, and manipulating objects and tools. It represents a state-of-the art report on motor development linking neurophysiological and neuropsychological approaches. Using examples from both normal and pathological development, contributions study pre and postnatal brain development and its relationship to movement, the importance of fetal movements, postural control in children, the neurobiology of locomotor development, neural mechanisms of grasping and typical patterns of behavioural change. New theoretical developments including adaptive model theory, dynamic systems theory, and the relationship between variability and stability in skill development are also critically reviewed.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 143

Orthopaedic Management in Cerebral Palsy, 2nd Edition

Comprehensive review of current methods of management and evaluation of the motor disorders of cerebral palsy.

  • Features the whole range of orthopaedic surgical procedures with commentary on each
  • Reviews the current epidemiology in the subject, offering perspective on prevention
  • Provides tables of gross motor performance to assess the measure of effectiveness of physical therapy
  • Describes methods of management, including: assistive technology, selective posterior rootlet rhizotomy, Botulinum toxin intramuscular injections and intrathecal Baclofen.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 173-4

Paediatric Orthotics

Orthoses are externally applied medical devices used to prevent or correct musculoskeletal deformities and improve physical functioning; these devices are typically custom made. This is one of very few books on the subject of orthotics published in recent years and the only book focusing solely on the orthotic management of children.

The first part of the book considers the principles that are fundamental to orthotic management, including a review of biomechanics, consideration of clinical assessment methods, and the materials and fabrication techniques used to make orthoses. The second part of the book comprises several condition-specific chapters that consider the appropariate orthotic management of the more common conditions in childhood in the context of multidisciplinary care. The chapters include neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, myelomeningocoele and muscular dystrophy; and also congenital deformities and conditions arising in childhood. One chapter considers orthotic intervention for idiopathic scoliosis and another considers the sometimes controversial issue of protective and corrective headwear. Whilst by no means exhaustive, Paediatric Orthotics provides both a basic grounding in the subject together with practical guidance to help clinical practice.

Paediatric Orthotics will be of use, not only to orthotists but also to physical and occupational therapists, paediatricians, paediatric orthopaedic surgeons and physiatrists. The book is also essential reading for all students and clinicians involved in the physical management of children with disabilities.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 175

Participation

This unique book focuses on enabling children and young people with neurodisability to participate in the varied life situations that form their personal, familial and cultural worlds.

Written in five parts, the book provides the reader with knowledge about the concept of participation; detailed understanding of how varying contexts influence participation outcomes; how to measure participation as an outcome and as a process; how to intervene to promote participation outcomes; and future directions and challenges. Chapters provide diverse examples of evidence-based practices and are enriched by scenarios and vignettes to engage and challenge the reader to consider how participation in meaningful activities might be optimised for individuals and their families. The book’s practical examples aim to facilitate knowledge transfer, clinical application and service planning for the future.

  • The only book to focus on participation in children with childhood onset neurodisability
  • This book brings together highly expert contributors, experienced in the field and up to date with current conceptual frameworks and research.
  • Vignettes, scenarios and real-life stories are used to challenge assumptions, support application to practice and drive future thinking.
  • By providing an international perspective on participation, the book addresses issues influencing engagement in meaningful activities across contexts and cultures.

Readership

This book will be of interest to practitioners including medical and allied health professionals, particularly: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists and Neuropsychologists, Paediatric Neurologists, Paediatric Neurodisability specialists and specialist Nurses.

Additionally, Movement and Rehabilitation scientists as well as those working in Special Educational Needs and Social Care environments will find relevant information to support their work and inter-disciplinary practice and impact on policy. Other stakeholders, including consumers (parents and those with lived experience of childhood onset disability) and policy makers, may find information of value to their planning.

Video about the book

Watch the editors Christine Imms and Dido Green discuss the book below:

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