Books on Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by Freeman Miller, MD and Steven J. Bachrach, M.D.

This 475 page book is a great resource for parents or other caregivers of someone with Cerebral Palsy. Part One of the book covers the different types of Cerebral Palsy, an overview of how to work with medical and educational systems, medical and developmental issues that may arise in the life of someone with Cerebral Palsy, information on how to advocate within the legal system and areas of financing for the care of a child with Cerebral Palsy. Part Two covers a wide variety of topics, including useful tips on selection of equipment, information on caring for yourself as a caregiver and an overview of home modification options. Part Two also discusses working with a case manager and insurance, providing oral hygiene and feeding care, keeping track of medical records, handling hospitalizations and planning for the future. Part Three contains a substantial glossary of terms related to Cerebral Palsy, as well as lists of resources, toys and other recommended reading.

Teaching Motor Skills to Children With Cerebral Palsy And Similar Movement Disorders: A Guide for Parents And Professionals by Sieglinde Martin, M.S., P.T.

This is a great book full of images and information on helping children with Cerebral Palsy learn motor skills. The author covers a wide range of abilities and exercises. The first several chapters explain the typical pattern of gross motor development, obstacles that children with Cerebral Palsy face in the area of motor development, how a parent can help a child learn motor skills and the importance of stretching exercises. After these chapters, the book progressively covers exercises and techniques to help a child learn motor skills from head control to sitting up independently to crawling to standing without support to walking. Obviously, each child with Cerebral Palsy will have different abilities when it comes to accomplishing each of these milestones, but the book gives great tips for each of these motor skill steps.

Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy by John W. Quinn

I have not read this book yet, but it’s on a list of books I want to read soon. This is an autobiography of a man with Cerebral Palsy who was determined against all odds to be in the Navy. The book details his journey to prepare himself for 20 years in the Navy.

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