Improving Hand Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Improving Hand Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy : Theory, Evidence and Intervention

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For most children with cerebral palsy, the event to which they can use their hands is critical to their overall development. Over the last two decades there have been major advances in the understanding of hand function. Particularly in children with cerebral palsy, assessment of hand function has become more exact and the range of possible interventions expanded. Changes in the treatment approaches can be seen in neurorehabilitation, orthopaedic management, developmental paediatrics and rehabilitation, including approaches to occupational and physical therapy. In this book, international experts in the fields of neuroimaging, neurology, orthopaedics, anatomy, motor control and motor learning provide fundamental theoretical information for the development of hand function in children with cerebral palsy. The authors demonstrate how theory can be translated into practice by clinicians who provide assessment and intervention services to improve hand use in this population.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Mac Keith Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1898683840
  • 9781898683841

Table of contents

Authors' Appointments; Foreword; Introduction; 1. Brain plasticity in development and disease; 2. Cortical control of hand function; 3. Neuropsychology of movement sequence learning; 4. Neurological classification and neuroradiology of cerebral palsy; 5. Normal anatomy of the upper extremity; 6. Muscle alternations due to spasticity; 7. Postural control for reaching and hand skills; 8. Visual impairment and consequences for hand function; 9. the role of sensation for hand function in children with cerebral palsy; 10. Typical and atypical development of the upper limb in children; 11. Bimanual coordination in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy; 12. Choosing and using assessments of hand function; 13. Orthopaedic intervention in the upper extremity in the child with cerebral palsy: musculoskeletal surgery; 14. Orthopaedic intervention in the management of cerebral palsy: Botulinum toxins; 15. Therapeutic interventions at the body structure and function level to support children's upper extremity function; 16. Motor learning in children with cerebral palsy: implications for rehabilitation; 17. A cognitive perspective of intervention; 18. Goal-oriented training of daily- activities- a model for intervention; 19. Volition: Child0-oriented intervention for the upper extremity; 20. Constraint- induced movement therapy for children with hemiplegia; 21. Self-care and hand function; 22. Written communication: clinical decision-making for handwriting in children with cerebral palsy; 23. Learning to play: promoting skills and quality of life in individuals with cerebral palsy; 24. Assistive technology devices in computer activities; 25. Participation- the ultimate challenge; 26. The evidence-base for upper extremity intervention for children with cerebral palsy.; Appendix: Assessments used to measure hand function, activities and participation of children with cerebral palsy Index.show more

About Ann-Christin Eliasson

Ann-Christin Eliasson is Associate Professor at Karolinska Institute, Sweden. She has a firm base in occupational therapy after more than 30 years as a paediatric clinician as well as in research with an interdisciplinary approach. Her research has always focused on hand function from different perspectives, investigating issues of sensorimotor control of fine motor skills, development and evaluation of treatment methods as well as new assessment tools. Patricia Burtner is Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, Department of Pediatrics within the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She conducts research focusing on motor development and control and the effects of intervention on functional skills in infants and children with cerebral palsy.show more