Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 3: Parenting a Child with Cerebral Palsy (ebook)


Chapter 3 of the book – Parenting a Child with Cerebral Palsy: Family and Social Issues

Lucyna M Lach, Peter Rosenbaum, Sacha Bailey, Aline Bogossian, and Radha MacCulloch

The goal of this chapter is to highlight issues to which service providers should be particularly attentive, and the timing of these issues as a family’s understanding of their child’s predicament evolves; these are integrated into each of the sections. We argue that appropriate and sensitive attention to these issues can have an important and salutary impact on families; whereas failure to address these matters – or worse, handling them insensitively – can be destructive and add to a family’s burdens in raising a child with a disability. Much of what we present is grounded in sound research, to which are added the perspectives, experiences, and opinions of the authors, who bring many years of clinical service as well as research ideas to this chapter.

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.