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June 1957

A Complete Program for Treatable Cerebral Palsied Children

Author Affiliations

Rochester, N. Y.
From the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Strong Memorial and Rochester Municipal Hospitals and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;93(6):679-686. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.02060040681010

Introduciton  The term "cerebral palsy" includes the several neuromuscular disabilities which are due to a variety of lesions within the brain. The lesions may involve one or more parts of the brain in varying amounts resulting in a spectrum of types and degrees of severity of cerebral palsy. Many other handicaps are associated with this condition, including defects in vision, audition, and peripheral sensation, convulsions, orthopedic problems, retarded physical growth, emotional problems, and learning disabilities due to mental retardation, distractability, or aphasia. Because of its complexity, cerebral palsy presents a challenge in diagnosis and treatment which is best met by a multiple discipline approach in which an integrated team of consultants and therapists work in close cooperation to evaluate and develop each patient's physical and psychological resources. In this report an attempt is made to present a program for cerebral palsied children which illustrates this philosophy. This program includes a

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