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

ISBN-10: 1890627720

ISBN-13: 9781890627720

Edition: 2006

Authors: Sieglinde Martin

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Written by an experienced physical therapist, this practical guide gives parents the keys they need to help their child with cerebral palsy or another developmental delay master gross motor skills beginning in infancy. Organized in the sequence children acquire gross motor skills, this guide explains how motor development unfolds, and how cerebral palsy can affect this development. There are dozens of illustrated exercises that can help children gradually strengthen back, neck and tummy muscles and then master motor skills, such as head control, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking. Real-life vignettes provide examples of how parents, children, and physical therapists interact, what difficulties can arise and how to try and work through them. The author guides parents step-by-step through techniques and practical exercises that address such issues as: ? head control ? muscle tone ? proper positioning ? involuntary movements ? stretching and flexibility ? balance and coordination ? strength training this practical guide makes it easy for parents and other caregivers to reinforce at home the exercises introduced by a child's physical therapist.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Woodbine House
Publication date: 6/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Developmental Delay and Cerebral Palsy
Gross Motor Development
The Sequence of Gross Motor Development
The Baby's Position Influences Motor Development
The Motor Development of the Child with Cerebral Palsy
Frequently Asked Questions
Obstacles to Motor Development
Muscle Tone
Abnormal Movement Patterns
Reflexes
Lack of Motor Control and Coordination
Muscle Weakness
Abnormal Sensory Awareness
Helping Your Child Learn Motor Skills
Neural Plasticity
Motor Learning
Physical Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy
The "Road to Independence" for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Frequently Asked Questions
Flexible Muscles and Joints
Possible Joint Problems
Daily Stretching to Prevent Muscle and Joint Problems
How to Do Stretching Exercises
Stretching Exercises for the Older Child
Frequently Asked Questions
Head-up
The Importance of Head Control
Meet Nina
Head-Up Practice
Integration of Head-Up into Daily Life
Frequently Asked Questions
Happy Baby in Back-lying
Happy Baby Exercises
Is Your Child Ready for Back-lying?
Frequently Asked Questions
Tummy Time
Prerequisites for Tummy Time with Play
Exercises for Tummy Time with Play
What's Next?
Big Push-ups for Sean
Big Arm Exercises
Weight Bearing on "Big Arms"
Frequently Asked Questions
Guarding Against Falls
The Boy Who Did Not Want to Touch the Floor
Encouraging Protective Extension Reaction Forward
Encouraging Protective Extension Reaction to the Sides
Frequently Asked Questions
Sitting Pretty
Meet Elli
Helping your Child to Sit
Supported Sitting
Independent Sitting with Arm Support
Sitting without Arm Support
Other Ways to Sit on the Floor
Variability of Sitting
Sitting on a Bench or Chair
Moving in and out of Bench or Wheelchair Sitting
Frequently Asked Questions
Getting Up and Crawling
Meet Jennifer
Up Onto Hands and Knees
Crawling
Rising Up and Moving Down
Doing It All
Frequently Asked Questions
Leg Exercises and Standing with Arm Support
Stimulating Leg Movements
Leg Exercises
Supporting Your Child in Standing
Leg Exercises with Weight Bearing
Your Child Stands Holding on with Both Hands
Helpful Bars
Frequently Asked Questions
Balance
Balance in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Balance Training
Balance Training in Sitting
Balance Training in Kneeling
Standing Balance
Standing with Arm Support and Moving In and Out of Standing
Frequently Asked Questions
Standing without Arm Support and Walking
Walking with Arm Support
Walking with a Walker
Improving the Way Your Child Walks with a Walker
Walking with Reduced Support
Walking with Crutches
Standing without Arm Support
Assisted Standing on One Leg
Extra Standing Time for the Weaker Leg
Progress with Standing Balance
Strength and Quick Action
Walking
Ready for Walking
Frequently Asked Questions
Walking and More
Opportunities for Walking
Improving Balance and Coordination
Standing on One Leg
The Way Your Child Walks
Frequently Asked Questions
Extra Strengthening and Having Fun
Strengthening Exercises
Having Fun
Additional Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Medical Management
Serial Casting
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Lower Extremity Bracing
Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix
Pediatric Therapy Equipment
General Equipment and Supplies
Therapy Equipment Suppliers
Organizations Providing Recreational Opportunities
References
Index
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