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September 1954

CASE-FINDING OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO CEREBRAL PALSY

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Bureau for Handicapped Children and the Bureau of Records and Statistics, New York City Department of Health.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(3):298-306. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100300003
Abstract

ONE OF THE problems in the administration of a program for handicapped children is that of early case-finding, e. g., how to find as early as possible those children who are in need of accurate diagnosis and prompt and maximum treatment and rehabilitation of a higher caliber. It is apparent that if handicapped children are to be absorbed into the regular community as quickly as possible, early case-finding is the first step for them and their families. That early case-finding is a problem in the case of cerebral palsied children is attested by the fact that of the 346 children with cerebral palsy reported to the Bureau of Handicapped Children in 1952 only, (0.9%) were reported during the first year of life and only 129 (37% ) in the age group of one to four years.

In the case of children with cerebral palsy, there are certain known or suspected facts

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