Movement Sciences: Transfer of Knowledge into Pediatric Therapy Practice

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Discover new perspectives and recent research findings to apply to the children and families on your caseload With Movement Sciences: Transfer of Knowledge into Pediatric Therapy Practice, you will explore the motor control, learning, and development of children with movement disorders, allowing you to increase the effectiveness of intervention. This book provides cutting-edge information on motor disabilities in children such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or Erb's palsy and how prehension, balance, and mobility are affected. Expert researchers and practitioners offer their findings and techniques for improving motor processes, using figures, tables, and extensive resources to help you create more effective pediatric rehabilitation programs. With this book, you will gain a better understanding of: motor control for posture and prehension the motor learning challenges of children with movement dysfunction predictors of standing balance in children with cerebral palsy the effect of environment setting on mobility methods of children with cerebral palsy the reliability of a clinical measure of muscle extensibility in preterm and full-term newborn infants Movement Sciences: Transfer of Knowledge into Pediatric Therapy Practice will help physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other health care professionals implement motor learning concepts safely and effectively. This book also delivers practical advice for achieving the best results with a younger population by utilizing interventions that address the needs of their clients. With this guide, you will be able to determine which approaches are acceptable to the children and families in your practice, and ensure the therapy is meaningful to their daily lives.

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Merry Lynne Hamilton
“CONCISE AND CLINICALLY RELEVANT. . . . The research findings are clearly linked to strategies for application in PT and OT clinics, supporting the trend toward evidence-based practice. Excellent literature reviews support the studies and could serve as a refresher or introductory course for practicing therapists. . . . Most appropriate for post-professional therapists and entry-level students who have a special interest in pediatric motor control.
PhD, PT, Assistant Professor, School of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Robert J. Palisano)
  • Postural Control in Children: Implications for Pediatric Practice (Sarah L. Westcott and Patricia Burtner)
  • Muscle Force and Range of Motion as Predictors of Standing Balance in Children with Cerebral Palsy (Linda Pax Lowes, Sarah L. Westcott, Robert J. Palisano, Susan K. Effgen, and Margo N. Orlin)
  • Activity-Focused Motor Intervention for Children with Neurological Conditions (Joanne Valvano)
  • Changes in Mobility of Children with Cerebral Palsy Over Time and Across Environmental Settings (Beth L. Tieman, Robert J. Palisano, Edward J. Gracely, Peter L. Rosenbaum, Lisa A. Chiarello, and Margaret L. O’Neil)
  • Enhancing Prehension in Infants and Children: Fostering Neuromotor Strategies (Susan V. Duff and Jeanne Charles)
  • Reliability of a Measure of Muscle Extensibility in Fullterm and Preterm Newborns (Marybeth Grant Beuttler, Peter M. Leininger, and Robert J. Palisano)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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