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February 1966

Speech and Language Therapy With the Cerebral Palsied Child.

Arch Neurol. 1966;14(2):229. doi:10.1001/archneur.1966.00470080113019

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There are strong reasons why neurologists should increase their interest in the fate of brain-damaged children. Often, after an initial neurologic evaluation, the children are consigned to the care of paramedical therapists of one kind or another; these therapists, urged on by the desperation of the parents, may turn a blind to the serious fixed deficits of the child and concentrate on peripheral remedial measures: thus, dysarthria may be treated and aphasia ignored. Psychologic complications may be exhaustively investigated, while gross organic deficits are left unmentioned. Most of the participants in this "workshop" on speech and language therapy with the cerebral-palsied child show an intelligent awareness of these problems, but some sections of the book are less satisfactory in this regard. Even the chapters where the emphasis is correctly placed give their subjects too cursory a review to be of value to neurologists.

Even worse than misguided enthusiasm is

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