Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving

Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving

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by Freeman Miller, Steven J. Bachrach
     
 

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When a child has a health problem, parents want answers. But when a child has cerebral palsy, the answers don't come quickly. A diagnosis of this complex group of chronic conditions affecting movement and coordination is difficult to make and is typically delayed until the child is eighteen months old. Although the condition may be mild or severe, even general

Overview

When a child has a health problem, parents want answers. But when a child has cerebral palsy, the answers don't come quickly. A diagnosis of this complex group of chronic conditions affecting movement and coordination is difficult to make and is typically delayed until the child is eighteen months old. Although the condition may be mild or severe, even general predictions about long-term prognosis seldom come before the child's second birthday.

Written by a team of experts associated with the Cerebral Palsy Program at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, this authoritative resource provides parents and families with vital information that can help them cope with uncertainty. Thoroughly updated and revised to incorporate the latest medical advances, the second edition is a comprehensive guide to cerebral palsy.

The book is organized into three parts. In the first, the authors describe specific patterns of involvement (hemiplegia, diplegia, quadriplegia), explain the medical and psychosocial implications of these conditions, and tell parents how to be effective advocates for their child.

In the second part, the authors provide a wealth of practical advice about caregiving from nutrition to mobility. Part three features an extensive alphabetically arranged encyclopedia that defines and describes medical terms and diagnoses, medical and surgical procedures, and orthopedic and other assistive devices. Also included are lists of resources and recommended reading.

Editorial Reviews

Exceptional Parent
Addresses the many complexities and uncertainties related to this diagnosis. At the same time, it provides the information parents, grandparents, caregivers, and health professionals need—everything from medical, educational, and psychosocial implications to wheelchair maintenance and dental care.

European Journal of Pediatrics
This book is well structured, easy to read, and gives answers to all questions related to the management of children and adults with CP.

Bookwatch
A 'must' for any family struggling with CP care... The wealth of details are organized logically and parents will find it easy to navigate, making it an item of choice above others.

Booknews
A guide for parents and caregivers of children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP), as well as for adolescents and adults with the condition. Part I provides an overview of CP and explains the medical and psychosocial implications of associated conditions, offering advice for parents on becoming an advocate for their child. Part II contains practical information on caregiving and medical procedures. Part III defines and describes medical terms and diagnoses, surgical procedures, and assistive devices. Includes a list of resources and recommended reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801883552
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
671,305
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.31(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Freeman Miller, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Steven J. Bachrach, M.D., is a pediatrician and clinical professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. They are co-directors of the Cerebral Palsy Program at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

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