M3L8_Overview_Cerebral palsy child

This lesson will explore the following topics:

The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize the student with the effects of cerebral palsy or birth onset brain injury. The assignments in the lesson will address the needs of clients with cerebral palsy.

  • Explain how a rehabilitation professional can assist young people who have experienced congenital brain damage
  • Explain the life care planning needs for the cerebral palsy patient

Learning Activities

1. Listen to the audio lecture“Birth Onset of Brain Injury/Cerebral Palsy”. Click here for PDF notes of the lectureIn this audio lecture, Dr. Carol Walker discusses birth onset of brain injury/cerebral palsy (CP). She explains the types of CP, causes of CP, risk factors for CP, and complications of CP.

2. Read: (Click text link) Pediatric Head Injury

3. Read pages 377-434, of Chapter 16 of Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Second Edition, 2011, Susan Riddick-Grisham, Laura M. Deming, or pages 423-437 of Chapter 20: “Life Care Planning for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities” in Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, 2004, First Edition.

This section of chapter 16 reviews the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. The authors explain the incidence and prevalence of cerebral palsy (CP) and discuss the medical complications associated with this disability. Multidisciplinary treatment, assistive devices, special issues, and transition to adulthood are presented.

4. Read: Chapter 36: “Essential Concepts in Pediatric Assistive Technology” of Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, Second Edition, 2011, Susan Riddick-Grisham, Laura M. Deming, or Chapter 40: “The Child Who is Technologically Dependent” in Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, 2004, First Edition.

This chapter is an excellent guide for inclusion of assistive technology in life care plans. The author, Thomas King, explains assistive technology and describes the different components of assistive technology.

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