Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 24: Postural Control (ebook)


Chapter 24 of the book – Postural Control

Mijna Hadders-Algra and Eva Brogren Carlberg

This chapter aims to discuss typical and atypical development of postural control, including the heterogeneous clinical presentation of children with CP, and the clinical implications of this knowledge. We use the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Adolescents (ICF-CY) as a frame of reference (World Health Organization 2007). The chapter starts at the level of body functions and structure. First, the neural organization of postural control is briefly reviewed. This is followed by sections on typical and atypical development, which are mainly embedded in the levels of body functions and activity. Next, the more clinically oriented sections follow, where all aspects of ICF-CY are taken into account. This part starts with the clinical presentation and assessment of postural problems in children with CP. It concludes with implications for treatment and management.

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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.