Teaching Motor Skills to Children With Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

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Overview

While most families of young children with cerebral palsy and similar conditions work in conjunction with a physical therapist a few times a week, it takes daily intervention to help a child reach his motor potential and become more independent.

TEACHING MOTOR SKILLS is the resource that parents, therapists, and other caregivers can consult to help children with gross motor delays learn and practice motor skills outside of therapy sessions. Written by an experienced physical therapist who is also the mother of a child with cerebral palsy, this comprehensive guide examines the physical characteristics of cerebral palsy and similar conditions--muscle tightness and weakness, increased or decreased flexibility, abnormal reflexes, impaired sensory perception--that affect a child's ability to sit, crawl, stand, and walk. TEACHING MOTOR SKILLS offers dozen of easy-to-follow exercises with accompanying photos that parents may incorporate into many daily routines at home with the guidance and support of their child's physical therapist. Exercises address:
Head control;
Protective reactions;
Proper positioning;
Independent sitting with and without arm support;
Transitional movements;
Daily stretching;
Improving muscle strength and coordination;
Balance training;
Gait training.

Full of anecdotes and frequently-asked-questions, with a chapter on medical interventions and bracing, and an appendix of equipment and supplies, this user-friendly guide helps parents and professionals coordinate their efforts to achieve the best possible outcome for the child.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890627720
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 547,873
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Confidently recommended

    Teaching Motor Skills To Children With Cerebral Palsy And Similar Movement Disorders: A Guide For Parents And Professionals by Sieglinde Martin (a physical therapist with more than thirty years experience working with children having cerebral palsy) is a superbly organized and expertly presented 'hands-on' resource specifically designed for parents, therapists, and other caregivers working with young children exhibiting gross motor delays for the purpose of providing such youngsters with motorskills practice outside of formal therapy sessions. The outlined and illustrated exercises include the issues of head control, protective reactions, proper positioning, independent sitting (with and without arm support), transitional movements, daily stretching, improving muscle strength and coordination, balance training, and gait training. Included in the text are anecdotes and the answers to frequently asked questions. Teaching Motor Skills To Children With Cerebral Palsy And Similar Movement Disorders is confidently recommended as an instructional reference guide to anyone with a motor skills impaired child.

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