Recent advances in physical and occupational therapy for children with cerebral palsy Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Recent research and conceptual frameworks that emphasize family centered care and participation in family, school, and community life have contributed to advances in provision of health care by physical therapists and occupational therapists to children with cerebral palsy (CP) and their families. This article provides a contemporary perspective on physical and occupational therapy for children with CP. Topics include conceptual frameworks, early identification, prognosis for gross motor function, implications of impairment in motor control and muscle performance, and physical fitness and secondary prevention. Case scenarios and examples illustrate how current knowledge and research is applied to decision making within the context of the individual child and family.

publication date

  • March 2004