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Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders

A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Sieglinde Martin, M.S., P.T.


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isbn# 978-1-890627-72-0  
8 1/2" x 11"
238 pages
250 photos
Resource guide

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Preface and Acknowledgments


Chapter 1: Developmental Delay and Cerebral Palsy

Chapter 2: 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

Chapter 3: Obstacles to Motor Development
Muscle Tone
Abnormal Movement Patterns
Lack of Motor Control and Coordination
Muscle Weakness
Abnormal Sensory Awareness

Chapter 4: 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

Chapter 5: Flexible Muscles and Joints
Possible Muscle Problems
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

Chapter 6: Head-up
The Importance of Head Control
Meet Nina
Head-Up Practice
Integration of Head-Up into Daily Life
Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 7: Happy Baby in Back-lying
Happy Baby Exercises
Is Your Child Ready for Back-lying?
Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 8: Tummy Time
Prerequistes 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

Chapter 9: 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

Chapter 10: 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

Chapter 11: Getting Up and Crawling
Meet Jennifer
Up Onto Hands and Knees
Rising Up and Moving Down
Doing It All
Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 12: 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

Chapter 13: 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

Chapter 14: 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
Ready for Walking
Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 15: Walking and More
Opportunities for Walking
Improving Balance and Coordination
Standing on One Leg
The Way Your Child Walks
Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 16: Extra Strengthening and Having Fun
Strengthening Exercises
Having Fun

Chapter 17: Additional Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy By Lisa Barnett, DPT
Medical Management
Serial Casting
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Lower Extremity Bracing
Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatric Therapy Equipment
General Equipment and Supplies
Therapy Equipment Suppliers
Organizations Proving Recreational Opportunities



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