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October 9, 1937

Children Handicapped by Cerebral Palsy: Psychological Factors in Management

JAMA. 1937;109(15):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780410063030

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Abstract

This book discusses the psychologic factors in the management of children with cerebral palsy. It summarizes observations and experience gained over a nine year period during which 300 cases of cerebral palsy were studied. Dr. Crothers' medical explanation of the nature of the problem presented by these children constitutes the first chapter. Treatment by muscle training, with special emphasis on the psychologic problems involved, and the prediction of physical efficiency are discussed. The most important sections of the book are those which describe the mental testing program by which the children were studied, and the subsequent discussion of the mental development of the children and their specific educational needs. Dr. Lord shows how it is possible for a skilled psychologist to arrive, through repeated examinations, at a reliable estimate of the handicapped child's mental development, in spite of the fact that his physical difficulties obscure the picture and make it

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