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From The CriticsReviewer: Amy S. Both, MHS, PT (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This is a well-written new book on the life span perspective of motor development and functional movement outcomes. The authors integrate current theories related to functional motor skill development with the maturation of the body systems that contribute to function.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the relationship of structure and function to the development of movement skills across the entire life span. The authors focus primarily on the physical function domain and synthesize information to illustrate how physical changes over time and the role of multiple body systems contribute to function and movement efficiency. The book also promotes health and fitness for realizing efficient, optimal movement and independence.
Audience: Faculty members can either use the text when presenting a systems approach of motor development or coordinate the use of the text in courses organized by age group. Although targeted for undergraduate students in physical therapy and occupational therapy, the book will also be useful to practitioners who treat pediatric and geriatric patients with functional movement limitations.
Features: The book includes numerous drawings, charts, and tables that help to clarify concepts of development and function. Chapter objectives and summaries are incorporated into the text to enhance comprehension. The references are relevant and up-to-date.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for students and practitioners in physical therapy and occupational therapy. It brings together current theoretical concepts of functional movement development with the developmental expectations for each era of the life span. This book will assist practitioners to incorporate the life span approach into the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems.