Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 5: Cerebral Palsy in Adulthood (ebook)


Chapter 5 of the book – Cerebral Palsy in Adulthood

Laura Tosi and Lewis Rosenbloom

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder. The early childhood emphases on recognition, confirmation of diagnosis, advice to families, and interventions to promote activity and participation inevitably evolve and will continue to do so. Transition to adult life brings the challenges of leaving education and the protection this frequently provides, of making and maintaining adult relationships, of living as independently as is possible, and, for a minority, obtaining employment. For those who are more severely disabled, lifetime care plans and the resources for their provision are needed. For all adults with CP a balance is needed between recognition of the constraining factors on the one hand and the enhancing factors that promote emotional adjustment, health, independence, and longevity on the other.

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.