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What do people with severe cerebral palsy understand?

What do people with severe cerebral palsy understand?

Variable: Cerebral palsy is a term covering a broad range of motor handicap, many of which are associated with intellectual handicap as well. Children with spastic diplegia (legs more involved than upper extremities) may have normal or near normal intelligence. So may choreoathetoid patients, those with writhing movements of the extremities, who communicate with technologiy devices. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

What advice do you have for parents with kids who have cerebral palsy?

Love them dearly: Cerebral palsy is a static dysfunction of motor abilities. It can affect just one half of the body, just lower body, or can affect entire body. It can be associated with epilepsy and with mental retardation, but can occur with no other complication. Most children learn to lead near normal lives but need special therapy and equipment. Excellent services are available through schools. ...Read more

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Do occupational therapists help people with eye injuries/blindness?

Do occupational therapists help people with eye injuries/blindness?

They Should: There are societies for the blind in most metropolitan areas. These tend to be custom made for visual problems. Different eye diseases cause different losses and different disabilities. But ot could certainly help with doing daily activities with decreased or no vision. ...Read more

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What can someone with cerebral palsy do to exercise?

Many do: Exercise is recommended for those within the bounds of any physical impairment they have. Most of those who have CP have milder forms & can keep up with the rest of us in many activities. ...Read more

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Does anyone know any exercise programs for someone with cerebral palsy?

Yes: There are many options. Each must be tailored to the specific abilities of the patient. Possiblities include swimming, horseback riding therapy, and adaptive sports such as challenger baseball. A good physical therapist can also guide you in appropriate activities and a home exercise program. ...Read more

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Is there good rehabilitation for kids with pvl to help them with motor coordination?

Is there good rehabilitation for kids with pvl to help them with motor coordination?

Good peds OT and PT: Kids with pvl are at greater risk for cerebral palsy among other neuromuscular disorders. There is excellent rehab for kids with pvl, and most of them involve repetitive movement and relearning how to make normal movements, recruiting more brain to enable the movement to happen. Good pt and ot will help with that, and most major centers have them. The local support groups will know the good names. ...Read more

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What do I do for someone who has cerebral palsy and is intelligent?

Be a friend: The best way to help someone with any disability is to treat them as human beings. No one is asking for pity. They are asking to be your friend and supporter. They may need some physical accommodations like help in transportation and it may take more time to communicate with them. Treat them as you would any of your other friends who ask for you help. ...Read more

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Do people with severe cerebral palsy understand what you say?

Do people with severe cerebral palsy understand what you say?

Often they do: Many many children and adults wife severe cerebral palsy understand all that is going on around them. They may have problems talking or giving you any indication that they understand, but it is clear, especially when they have the opportunity to use communication devices that many people with CP are very intelligent. ...Read more

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What does a physical therapist do on a child with cerebral palsy?

Encourage developmen: Children with cerebral palsy have delay in their motor development. Physical therapists work to help encourage motor development through exercises, stretching, bracing and use of special techniques like functional electrical stimuation and kinesiotaping. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do for schizophrenic patients?

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What does an occupational therapist do for schizophrenic patients?

OT: They assess & treat patients with physical, mental & cognitive impairments. They also identify & eliminate environmental barriers to independence & participation in daily activities. They educate patients & caretakers regarding activities of daily living. They work closely with professionals in Physical therapy, Speech therapy, Nursing, Social work & the Community. ...Read more

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How do occupational therapists help people with eye injuries to ambulate safely?

How do occupational therapists help people with eye injuries to ambulate safely?

Training: Depending on the eye injury and amount of vision loss, they show them ways of judging their environment that don't involve using one or both eyes. ...Read more

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What do occupational therapists in mental health do? Do they get involved with any type of advising/ counselling sessions?

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What do occupational therapists in mental health do? Do they get involved with any type of advising/ counselling sessions?

OT: They assess & treat patients with physical, mental & cognitive impairments. They also identify & eliminate environmental barriers to independence & participation in daily activities. They educate patients & caretakers regarding activities of daily living. They work closely with professionals in Physical therapy, Speech therapy, Nursing, Social work & the Community. ...Read more

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What do occupational therapists in mental health do? They get involved with counseling or educating patients?

What do occupational therapists in mental health do? They get involved with counseling or educating patients?

Teach living skills: Occupational therapists assist patients to improve their ability to function in life by focusing on improvement of activities and instrumental activities of daily living. They assess motor and cognitive abilities and assist people w/ disabilities in grooming, bathing, dressing themselves, & functioning in a work place. They counsel, help clients problem solve & teach the use of adaptive equipment. ...Read more

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Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Yes: It helps to desensitize children with autism to normal world stimulation such as the feeling of clothing, or sounds or smells or sensations in the mouth. ...Read more

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What can I do to help a child with auditory neglect function understand?

What can I do to help a child with auditory neglect function understand?

Pursue speech...: Comprehensive speach pathologist and ENT evaluation and management is recommended. ...Read more

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Exercises someone with cerebral palsy can do without pt?

Many: This is a tough question to answer without more information. Depending on the type and severity of cerebral palsy there are many exercises that can be safely engaged in such as swimming, horeseback riding and adaptive sports. But all should be done under the supervision and guidance of a doctor. Physical and occupational therapists can put together an exercise program for you. ...Read more

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Are there any good rehab techniques for children with erb duchenne palsy?

Yes: The main goal is to promote muscle lengthening, normal range of motion and hand-eye coordination; these are most effective if performed during infancy. Gentle stretching and passive range of motion exercises can be used. Most compensatory adaptation of movement the child tries to use should be discouraged, and normal movement encouraged. Check w/ a physiatrist or osteopathic doctor for specifics. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for cerebral palsy?

Gait analysis: CP is just the name for static motor dysfunction--- depending on the degree and type of cerebral palsy treatment include physical therapy, botox, serial casting, tendon lengthening, rhizotomy, baclofen, and a lot of other good ideasneed to see a doctor specializing and interested. ...Read more

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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more


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Occupational Therapists (Definition)

Occupational therapists are healthcare professionals that work with people who are physically or mentally disabled or injured to recover the ability to normally engage in ...Read more