Postural Control

Postural Control : A Key Issue in Developmental Disorders

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The complex nature of the postural control system makes it vulnerable to adverse conditions during early life, such as prenatally or perinatally acquired lesions of the brain or preterm birth. Children with disorders of the developing brain nearly always have dysfunctions in postural control. The postural control system of children with other neurodevelopmental disabilities such as myelomeningocele or muscle disease is also challenged: it has to find age-specific solutions for the postural problems posed by the disorder. These postural problems have serious consequences for the activities of daily life, as adequate postural control is a prerequisite for adequate motility. Until now, knowledge about the nature of postural problems in children has been scattered, and this has hampered the development of appropriate therapeutic management strategies. This book is a breakthrough in that it introduces the reader to the complexity of typical and atypical postural development and provides suggestions for the day-to-day management of postural problems in children with developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, muscle disorder and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Mac Keith Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1898683859
  • 9781898683858

About Mijna Hadders-Algra

Mijna Hadders-Algra is a professor of developmental neurology at the Department of Neurology, University of Groningen. Her main lines of research are the early detection of developmental disabilities (cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder / minor neurological dysfunction, learning and behavioural problems) and paediatric neuromotor habilitation (early intervention in children with (neurological) developmental disabilities). She is an internationally recognised expert in the field of child development and childhood disability. Eva Brogren-Carlberg is Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Woman and Child Health, Neuropaediatric Research Unit, Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Stockholm, more

Table of contents

Authors' Appointments; Foreword; 1. Introduction: Why bother about postural control?; 2. What is posture and how is it controlled?; 3. Development of postural control; 4. Postural control in sitting children with cerebral palsy; 5. Postural control in standing and walking in children with cerebral palsy; 6. Postural control in children with down syndrome; 7. Postural control in children with angelman syndrome and rett syndrome; 8. Postural control in children with myelomeningocele; 9. Postural control in children with muscle disease; 10. Postural control and children born preterm; 11. Postural control in children with developmental coordination disorder (dcd); 12. Postural control in children with autism spectrum disorder; 13. Management and treatment of postural dysfunction in children with cerebral palsy; 14. Concluding remarks; more