Understanding Cerebral Palsy: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012 - Education - 224 pages
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An invaluable starting point for anyone encountering cerebral palsy for the first time, this book provides essential background information on causes, types and symptoms, as well as vital advice about the treatments, therapies and sources of support available. Practical tips on everyday considerations such as communication, diet and education will help parents achieve the best quality of life for their child. A final chapter explores options after compulsory education and how best to support a young person making the transition to independent adulthood.

Using personal experience and case studies as sources of inspiration, as well as a comprehensive list of resources to signpost readers to further information, this positive handbook will help parents and professionals more fully understand cerebral palsy and the different options available to people with the condition.

 

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Contents

1 An Introduction to Cerebral Palsy
10
2 Should Therapy and Treatment be your First Priority?
26
3 The Early Stages
34
4 Management of Cerebral Palsy
44
5 Special Considerations
79
6 Alternatives to Verbal Communication
94
7 Day to Day Life
118
8 Complementary Therapy
131
9 Informal Support Social Factors and Disadvantage
140
10 Education
159
11 After School What Next?
174
Useful Addressesand Contacts
188
References
214
About the Author
217
Index
218
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About the author (2012)

Marion Stanton is a special needs teacher, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) practitioner, and mother of three children including Dan who has cerebral palsy. She has co-founded a parent-run early learning group for children with disabilities (PALACE) and has been an active member of the Alliance for Inclusive Education. She is currently lead assessor and trainer for Communication and Learning Enterprises Limited (CandLE), a non-profit organisation that supports young people with communication difficulties. She lives in Cumbria, UK.

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