Subject: Child Health

Series: Mac Keith Press Practical Guides

Publication date: 01/01/2019

ISBN: 9781911612049

Edition: 1st

Pages: 192

ICF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families

Olaf Kraus de Camargo, Liane Simon, Gabriel Ronen, Peter Rosenbaum (Editors)

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This accessible handbook introduces the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to professionals working with children with disabilities and their families.

It contains an overview of the elements of the ICF but focusses on practical applications, including how the ICF framework can be used with children, families and carers to formulate health and management goals.

The Appendices contain case studies for individuals and interdisciplinary teams to work through and discuss, alongside other resources, and a copy of an ICF code set for children and youth is available to download online (see Further Material).

  • The first practical manual of the ICF
  • Rich in case examples
  • Great workbook for team development using the ICF as a common language

From the Introduction by Peter Rosenbaum:

‘From time to time in the field of healthcare, an exciting new development emerges to challenge and potentially transform thinking and behaviour. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its framework is undoubtedly one of these transformative resources and is increasingly widely used in the field of childhood disability.’


Clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals, and the families of children with disabilities.

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Watch Peter Rosenbaum discuss the book with Bernard Dan, Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology:

Original Title: Die ICF-CY in der Praxis

by Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Liane Simon

Copyright 2013 by Hogrefe AG;

2nd Edition Copyright 2017

A Practical Guide from Mac Keith Press


Further material 


Author Appointments

Appendix 6: ICF Code Sets for Children and Youth are FREE to download as a PDF with every book purchase.

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Olaf Kraus de Camargo
Olaf Kraus de Camargo

Olaf Kraus de Camargo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. He completed his medical education and paediatric training in Brazil, followed by a residency in Germany where he received training in developmental-behavioural paediatrics and child neurology. Prior to joining the faculty at McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo held positions as a Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen and as CEO and Medical Director of Kinderzentrum Pelzerhaken gGmbH in Germany, an inpatient and outpatient facility for children with developmental-behavioural disabilities and chronic neurologic disorders.Since 2001, Olaf Kraus de Camargo has been involved with the implementation of the WHO – International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), initially in neuro-rehabilitation and later in implementing it into Early Intervention Centres in Germany. Together with Judith Hollenweger, he edited the German translation of the ICF-CY (Children and Youth Version) for WHO. With Liane Simon he co-authored the first handbook about clinical applications of the ICF-CY in Germany. He contributes with his expertise as a collaborator to the Functioning and Disability Reference Group of the Family of Classification of WHO. At McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo is introducing ICF into education models, clinical practice and research. His goal is to develop an electronic version of the ICF (the mICF ICanFunction mHealth Solution) to empower patients to better describe their needs to clinicians. He also is a co-founder and editor of an educational website called ICFEducation.

Liane Simon
Liane Simon

Liane Simon is a special educator and systemic therapist working for more than 20 years as a clinical director of an Early Childhood Intervention Centre in northern Germany. She obtained her doctoral degree at the University of Hamburg and works as a professor for Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Intervention at MSH Medical School Hamburg. She is the Head of the Department “Family, Child and Social Work”, co-chair of the Association for Interdisciplinary Early Intervention in Northern Germany and member of the board of the German Association for Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Intervention. Dr. Simon is using the ICF-CY in interprofessional settings since 2004 and is involved in implementing the ICF-CY in Germany for diagnostic procedures, goal setting and interprofessional communication in Early Childhood Intervention and Developmental Pediatrics and Childhood Rehabilitation in Germany. She is part of the FDRG (Functioning and Disability Reference Group) of WHO-Family of International Classifications as a counsellor of the German Collaborating Centre and is also a collaborator on the International ICanFunction mHealth Solution.

Gabriel M Ronen
Gabriel Ronen

Gabriel Ronen is Professor of Paediatrics at McMaster University and McMaster University Children’s Hospital, Ontario, Canada. He is a paediatric neurologist, clinician, researcher and educator. The emphasis of his work has been on how patients’ reports of their lives can and should influence healthcare.

Peter L Rosenbaum
Peter Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum is Professor of Paediatrics at McMaster University and the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Ontario Canada. He is a developmental paediatrician with over 40 years’ experience of clinical, health services research and educational activities in the field of childhood disability. His passion has been to move the paradigms in childhood disability beyond a preoccupation with impairments to focus on child and family development and function.

Other books by Peter L Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum
Chapter 1: The ICF and the Biopsychosocial Model of Health: From “Disease” to “Health
Olaf Kraus de Camargo
Chapter 2: The Concept of ‘Functioning’
Hillegonda A. Stallinga
Chapter 3: Personal Factors in Clinical Practice and Public Health
Olaf Kraus de Camargo
Chapter 4: Marriage between the ICF and Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs): How
Good is the Relationship?
Gabriel M. Ronen
Chapter 5: The ICF in Clinical Practice: Case Scenarios and Exercises
Liane Simon and Olaf Kraus de Camargo
Chapter 6: The Development of Effective Health and Social Care Teams: ICF as the Glue!
Stefanus Snyman, Liane Simon and Olaf Kraus de Camargo
Chapter 7: The ICF: Themes and Tools for Health Professionals’ Education
Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Stefanus Snyman
Chapter 8: ICF Informing Administration, Policy and Advocacy
Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Jaclyn Pederson
Chapter 9: The ICF from the Parent Perspective
Jennifer Johannesen
Chapter 10: Opportunities for Future Developments of the ICF: Challenges and Suggested
Olaf Kraus de Camargo
1. Case Examples and Exercises
2. Team Development: Phases, Dysfunctional Groups
3. F-Words Goal Sheet
4. ICF Discharge/Referral Form
5. ICF Framework (blank)
6. ICF Code Sets (Children and Youth) to be available to download online
7. Useful Links and Additional Resources

'This succinct book of less than 200 pages offers both commentary and instruction on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF),1 focussing on its use with children and young people and their families. In a clear and easy to read style, the authors encourage individuals using the ICF to engage in shared decision making (without getting into the issues of measurement and coding).This book sets the ICF in context and encourages its wise and ethical use for the benefit of people with disabilities.'

Catherine Sykes, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2020

'Readers of this book will find the text extremely accessible without unnecessary jargon and with practical presentations of the framework’s applications. This, I believe, will provide an improved understanding of ICF and its use by practitioners and researchers in the field of APA. As such, I found this book a much welcome and refreshing approach to the ICF. The publication of this book is timely, as the ICF was recently updated by merging the children and youth version of the model with the main version, as well as the recent addition of the core sets and checklists. The insights from the book are rich with practical examples and exercises in the seven appendices at the end of the book. Together these make this a great pedagogical tool to examine current practices of the ICF with some questions to test knowledge gained from each chapter. It has great insights into the ontology, philosophy, theory, and utility of the ICF. Through this knowledge, practitioners and researchers in APA can share a common language when it comes to a systems approach to promoting physical activity.'

Kwok Ng, Human Kinetics, 2020

ICF – Chapter 1: The ICF and the Biopsychosocial Model of Health (free ebook) - £0