Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 21: Enhancing Activity and Participation with Assistive Technology (ebook)


Chapter 21 of the book – Enhancing Activity and Participation with Assistive Technology

Claire Davies

This chapter will focus on enhancing activity and participation through technology. Specifically, it will present a method for evaluating or re-evaluating the needs of the client for assistive technology, followed by the principles of universal design that can be used to evaluate such products. This is followed by a section that discusses state-of-the-art technologies that can increase function and communication for people with greater impairment levels.

About the complete book

This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals. An international team of experts provides clinicians and researchers with key information on the mechanisms underlying impairments in movement, development, cognition, communication, vision, feeding, behaviour, sexuality, and musculoskeletal deformities.  They present a wide range of person-centred assessment approaches, including clinical evaluation, measurement scales, neuroimaging and gait analysis. The principles of multi-disciplinary management are presented, in terms of therapist intervention, medication and surgery. The perspective of the book spans the lifelong course of cerebral palsy, taking into account worldwide differences in socio-economic and cultural factors. Many chapters are illustrated with clinical vignettes enabling direct translation into practice. Full integrated colour, with extensive cross-referencing make this a highly attractive and useful reference.

Readership: Paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, rehabilitation doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, child psychiatrists, physiotherapists speech and language therapists psychologists, occupational therapists and other health and educational professionals.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series.