Cullompton, United Kingdom (PressExposure) April 19, 2008 -- The book begines by examining how parents react to the disclosure of diagnosis by medical professionals and looks at how the family adjust to their child's disability. It also describes the sometimes problematic relationships which can and do develop between health professionals and parents.
The book then moves on to explore the problems faced by children with CP and looks at their development in the context of the developmental progress made by uninjured children. In particular Brereton describes the difficulties of sensory perception faced by children with CP and explains how these difficulties impact upon other areas of development such as mobility, language and communication, socialisation and hand function. He elucidates how sensory perception can be distorted due to the injury of the neurological structures, which relay sensory information to various parts of the cortex and clarifies the effect this can have on the child.
Brereton then moves on to discuss Snowdrop's treatment philosophy of 'neuro-cognitive stimulation,' which consists of two branches. The first is aimed at the creation of the correct neurological environment designed to accommodate any sensory distortions the child may be experiencing and is aimed at 're-tuning' the neurological structures, which are producing such distortions. The second branch of treatment is rooted in Vygotskian psychology and draws upon the concepts of the 'zone of proximal development' and 'scaffolding.' Snowdrop assert that learning leads development and that if information or developmental tasks given to the child are pitched at the appropriate level of intensity and simplicity and are pitched at the appropriate level of development, it is possible for any child to learn, no matter how severe their difficulties.
This is a book which will give hope to thousands of parents who are searching for solutions to the problems faced by their children.
Cerebral Palsy: A guide to understanding and helping your child. Written by Andrew Brereton. Published by Snowdrop Publications ISBN 978-0-9557309-0-0
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