Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 4: Personal Perspectives (ebook)


Chapter 4 of the book – Personal Perspectives: Living with Cerebral Palsy

Jamie Beddard, Lydia Ngwana, and Karen Weinstein

I feel honoured to share my experiences of living with cerebral palsy. The most important life lessons I have learned have taken me far, and will continue to do so. I believe that having strong medical support as a child with cerebral palsy is important. I believe it is even more important for adults with cerebral palsy to have that same medical support. I hope that, in time, more doctors will learn and become open to listening to their patients. Experts are great, but in the everyday course of things, I need doctors who are willing to listen to me. I think it is understandable if you do not know all the answers but please be open and willing to learn. Sometimes the right treatments come with trial and error.

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.