Description: The author presents a superficial overview of biomechanics, motor control, assessment, and treatment of children with neurologic disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is obscurely stated; the value of this book is severely compromised because of its vagueness. It appears that it is written without reference to a substantial volume of research literature published over the past 10-20 years.
Audience: According to the author, it is targeted to occupational and physical therapy students, new graduates, and experienced clinicians.
Features: This book is replete with material that is not referenced. Two notably stark but not unique examples are the concave/convex rules and the normal goniometric range of motion values for children. Photographs are used to describe selective mobilization techniques; although most of the pictures are clear, the hands of the therapist obscure the photograph of the supination/pronation technique applied to the subtalar joint. The stabilizing hand is not correctly placed in the photograph of the supination/pronation technique applied to the midtarsal joint. The child's head obscures the photograph that illustrates elevation/depression of the sternoclavicular joint. Seven case studies are used to illustrate assessment and treatment strategies. One useful feature of this book is the application of Montgomery's (1994) guidelines for analyzing the frequency and duration of treatment to the seven case examples.
Assessment: I cannot recommend this as a useful book, even at the introductory level. The lack of current scientific references, the superficial treatment of topics, and the lack of reference citations for material that is presented do not do justice to the topic.