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Meeting Special Needs: Cerebral Palsy

A guide to understanding the condition and supporting the child

Designed to give help and encouragement to teachers, educators and others working with or caring for young children with cerebral palsy.

The book covers:

  • understanding the condition and recognising the symptoms
  • supporting the child and their carers
  • implications for the classroom
  • working with other professionals

Ages: 0-8 | Pages: 36 | Code: TS0171 | ISBN: 9781921613456

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Anne Vize

Anne has worked as a special educator in a variety of settings, and holds a Masters degree in Special Education. Her experiences include teaching children and young adults with intellectual, learning and physical disabilities as well as behavioural challenges which make attendance at school a challenge.

As well as teaching classroom literacy and numeracy, Anne has worked as a teacher of sport and recreation and has taught within the Professional Writing and Editing course at Chisholm Institute.

To date she describes her most challenging and inspiring teaching moment as being deciding to take a group of teenagers with varying disabilities including autism, attention deficit disorder, intellectual disabilities and behavioural issues to Sydney from Melbourne in a minibus to watch the 2000 Paralympic Games — driving and camping for the whole five day trip!

A previous recipient of a Queen's Trust scholarship award to visit New Zealand and Fijian special education settings, Anne is committed to constantly updating and extending her skills into new and diverse areas of writing and education.

Contents

Learning about cerebral palsy5
What is cerebral palsy?5
How common is it?6
Historical background6
Support and legislation6
Medical developments7
Education8
How is cerebral palsy caused?8
Mobility9
Types of cerebral palsy10
Classification based on movement patterns10
Classification based on topography11
Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS)11
Providing support to families12
Individual planning13
Setting goals13
Setting objectives13
Supports, strategies and resources13
Program support groups14
Child involvement in the individual planning process15
Meeting needs through a multidisciplinary and child-centred approach17
Child centred approach17
Multidisciplinary approach18
Who’s who?18
Why work together?20
Tips for successful multidisciplinary teams20
Meeting needs through the curriculum21
Communication skills22
Technology23
High tech communication devices24
Fun with single message devices25
Meeting needs through play experiences26
Switch activated toys26
Meeting needs through conductive education28
Meeting needs in the outdoor environment28
Accessibility28
Safety29
Duty of care29
Being wise with spending30
Scientifically reputable programs21
Manual handling and physical care needs31
Tips for avoiding manual handling injuries31
Working at low heights32
Furniture32
Notes34
Resources35