Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 26: Hand Function (ebook)


Chapter 26 of the book – Hand Function

Ann-Christin Eliasson and Patricia Burtner

The proposed new definition of CP has a broad focus on activity/participation restriction and disability. Therefore, use of more functional classifications such as the Gross Motor Function Classification System and the Manual Ability Classification System is recommended in addition to the diagnosis. The MACS is designed to classify how children with CP use their hands when handling objects in daily activities. This classification system will be used in this chapter to describe the ability level of hand function.

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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.