Overview

Developmental and Functional Hand Grasps is designed to identify, illustrate, and describe the complexity of grasps in a clear, user-friendly manner. Faculty, clinicians, and students will find that this accurate and comprehensive text addresses essential developmental, precision, and power grasps as well as handwriting grasps for use in evaluation, treatment, and research. The functional aspects of grasps, anatomical features, and interesting ...
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Developmental and Functional Hand Grasps

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Overview

Developmental and Functional Hand Grasps is designed to identify, illustrate, and describe the complexity of grasps in a clear, user-friendly manner. Faculty, clinicians, and students will find that this accurate and comprehensive text addresses essential developmental, precision, and power grasps as well as handwriting grasps for use in evaluation, treatment, and research. The functional aspects of grasps, anatomical features, and interesting facts are highlighted in the chapter, “Functional Hand Grasps.”

Developmental and Functional Hand Grasps is a significant book with information on 48 grasps, taxonomy of the hand, structure of the hand, and how to observe the hand. The text’s format has a clear, accurate photo and a detailed description of each grasp. An additional feature inside this essential resource is the comprehensive spreadsheets, which summarize grasps and the numerous references by authors past and present. An extensive reference list completes this unique and necessary text.
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Reviewer: Terry Peralta, MA ; PhD Candidate(California State University Dominguez Hills)
Description: This is a comprehensive reference on the topic of functional hand grasps, yet it is an easy read even for nonclinicians.
Purpose: The purpose is to present an in-depth description of the various hand functional grasps. The objective of the book is worthy because this information may serve as a means of understanding and communicating among individuals who are interested in the development of appropriate hand grasps that are needed to accomplish daily tasks, may it be clinicians, parents, teachers, or students. The authors meet their objectives.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for therapists, teachers, physicians, researchers, and other health professionals. The authors are occupational therapists, which make them credible in the subject matter. Further, the authors were assisted by certified hand therapists and used an extensive amount of references.
Features: This is a very good reference on a very specific topic. Although concise, the book is comprehensive enough to be useful to instructors, therapists, and students. Aside from merely defining various grasps, additional information such as reflexive behavior, grasp development, and some clinical descriptions of hand dysfunctions are discussed. In addition, clear illustrations of significant hand structures as well as beautiful pictures of the 48 featured grasps are provided. Even though the discussion centers on developmental and clinical realms, the text is written in a simple and comprehensible manner that even nonclinicians could appreciate. The book is well organized and clearly divided into sections and topics. However, since the illustrations of the hand structures, such as the joints, arches, and muscles of the hand, are separated from the discussions, it may be helpful if page numbers of specific illustrations or pictures were inserted the text. Overall, the book is well written with extensive citations of references that may be of further help to readers.
Assessment: I have not seen a concise yet comprehensive reference on the specific topic of functional hand grasps. The quality of the book is exemplary with glossy pages and very clear and beautiful pictures and illustrations.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617113017
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)
  • File size: 13 MB
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Table of Contents

Contents 

Chapter 1 How to Observe and Examine the Hand for Grasp Chapter 2 Pictorial View of the Structure of the Hand as Related to Grasp Chapter 3 Reflexive Behaviors that Influence Grasp Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)
Traction Response Avoiding Response Grasp Reflex Instinctive Grasp Reaction Chapter 4 Development of Grasp Reflex Squeeze Grasp Crude Palmar Grasp Palmar Grasp Radial Palmar Grasp Raking Grasp Radial Digital Grasp Developmental Scissors Grasp Inferior Pincer Grasp Three Jaw Chuck Pincer Grasp Neat Pincer Grasp Chapter 5 Grasps for Handwriting Primitive Grasp Patterns Radial Cross Palmar Grasp Palmar Supinate Grasp Digital Pronate Grasp Brush Grasp Grasp with Extended Fingers Transistional Grasp Patterns Static Quadrupod Grasp Cross Thumb Grasp Static Tripod Grasp Mature Grasp Patterns Lateral Tripod Grasp Dynamic Quadrupod Grasp Dynamic Tripod Grasp Interdigital Tripod Grasp Additional Pencil Grasps Chapter 6 Functional Hand Grasps Power Grasps Cylindrical Grasp Hammer Grasp Oblique Palmar Grasp Opposed Palmar Grasp Palmar Grasp Reverse Transverse Palmar Grasp Ring Grasp Spherical Grasp Combination of Power and Precision Grasps Diagonal Volar Grasp Ventral Grasp Precision Grasps Disc Grasp Dynamic Lateral Tripod Grasp Inferior Pincer Grasp Lateral Pinch Pad to Pad Grasp Three Jaw Chuck Tip Pinch Transverse Digital Grasp Miscellaneous Grasps Functional Scissors Grasp Hook Grasp Interdigital Grasp Lumbrical Grasp Raking Grasp Nonprehensile Hand Movements 

References Suggested Reading 
Index

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