Subject: Cerebral Palsy and Other Motor Disorders

Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Publication date: 01/01/1995

ISBN: 9781898683049

Edition: 1st

Pages: 240

Disabled Children & Developing Countries

Pam Zinkin, Helen McConachie (Editors)

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This book describes the situation of children with a range of disabilities living in developing countries. It evaluates currently available models of therapy, treatment and education, and how some of these have been applied where resources are scarce. Community-based solutions reached in developing countries, and the social and political context governing further progress, have implications in turn for professionals in developing countries. The book provides a critical basis of knowledge from which services for disabled children and their families may be planned appropriately. The international group of authors do not focus on any particular disability, nor on any one part of the world, but provide a broad coverage of issues concerning children and disability in developing countries.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 136

Pam Zinkin

Pam Zinkin is Senior Lecturer in International Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, London, UK.

Helen McConachie

Helen McConachie is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Child Health, London, UK.

Contributors vi
Foreword ix
Alfred Scherzer

Preface xi

1.Framework: Prevalence 1
Naila Khan and Maureen Durkin

2 Framework: Priorities 10
Pam Zinkin

3. Child disability services and interventions 15
Gillian Baird and Helen McConachie


4. The Evaluation of interventions 42
Margaret Martlew and Kevin Connolly


5. Early intervention in developing countries 63
Roy McConkey


6. Surgery and disabled children 84
David Hall and Kenneth C Rankin


7. Early identification of impairments in children 101
Stuart Logan


8. Critique of current practices in assessment of children 110
Helen McConachie


9. Education: responding to special needs through teacher development 131
Mel Ainscow, NK Jangira and Anupam Ahuja

10. Education: The experience of the Karnataka Parents’ Association 147
Michael P A Mathias

11. Disability Programmes in the Community 152
Gautam Chaudhury, Kalyani Menon-Sen and Pam Zinkin

12.Growing up disabled 183
Joseph Kisanji

13. Violence and disabled children 203
Naomi Richman

14. Rights not charity 214
Leonard Williams

15. Conclusions 219
Helen McConachie and Pam Zinkin

Acknowledgements 230

Index 231

'This highly informative and well-written book provides a rich foundation of ideas for the development of services. I would certainly recommend the book to professionals working with disabled children and hope it will be widely available to colleagues practising in developing countries.'

Jane McCarthy, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

'The editors of this text have brought together international authors to provide the reader with a global picture and perspective of children with disabilities from developing countries. Informative and valuable. The experienced clinician and graduate student will find that this book broadens their knowledge base and provides them with a global view of children with disabilities.'

Elise Bloch, Occupational Therapy in Health Care

'The editors of this book should be commended fore realistically describing the challenge of achieving equal rights for children with special needs, wherever they live.'

Joyce W Sparling, Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

'The book will enable readers working in both developed and developing regions to review their priorities and plan effective programs and stimulate them to include people with disabilities in service planning and provision.'

Stephen B. Sulkes, Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

'Readers will likely be inspired and informed by the numerous accounts of successful and unsuccessful projects and case studies in India, Africa, Mexico, and elsewhere. The information contained in this volume raises our international consciousness with respect to children with disabilities as the authors emphasize, once again, how closely all on the planet are linked to one another.'

Michael J Guralnick, American Journal of Mental Retardation

'A useful review of and orientation to this expanding field.'

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