Cerebral palsy describes a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture causing activity limitation, resulting from changes in the brain before or during birth or in the child’s early years. Causes include accident, injury or infection. Cerebral Palsy is registered in approximately 3 in 1000 live births in developed countries. Approximately 10% of cases arise later.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is currently developing guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Cerebral Palsy (see Resources). In its draft scoping document Sensory ‘disturbances’ are noted, and among the interventions recognised is, “managing difficulties associated with the processing of sensory and perceptual information in children and young people with cerebral palsy”.
Because this is such an important area of emerging practice, in this month’s EmphaSIze we explore somatosensory, tactile, visual and vestibular processing in Cerebral Palsy in the selected articles. Featured equipment considers the impact of movement and tactile sensations on attention, and having opportunities for movement.
The apps include a virtual rollercoaster ride, shape drawing, a game, and a musical morning routine. Books include Sensory Stories, a text book, facts about Cerebral Palsy, and a novel about a boy with Cerebral Palsy.
Editor: Cathy Warne