ICF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families


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This accessible handbook introduces the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to professionals working with children with disabilities and their families.

It contains an overview of the elements of the ICF but focusses on practical applications, including how the ICF framework can be used with children, families and carers to formulate health and management goals.

The Appendices contain case studies for individuals and interdisciplinary teams to work through and discuss, alongside other resources, and a copy of an ICF code set for children and youth is available to download online (see Further Material).

  • The first practical manual of the ICF
  • Rich in case examples
  • Great workbook for team development using the ICF as a common language

From the Introduction by Peter Rosenbaum:

‘From time to time in the field of healthcare, an exciting new development emerges to challenge and potentially transform thinking and behaviour. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and its framework is undoubtedly one of these transformative resources and is increasingly widely used in the field of childhood disability.’


Clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals, and the families of children with disabilities.

Video About the Book

Watch Peter Rosenbaum discuss the book with Bernard Dan, Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology:

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Original Title: Die ICF-CY in der Praxis

by Olaf Kraus de Camargo and Liane Simon

Copyright 2013 by Hogrefe AG; www.hogrefe.ch

2nd Edition Copyright 2017

A Practical Guide from Mac Keith Press