This course provides an overview of the basic types of CP. It reviews both established and controversial treatment modalities for the disorder, and identifies nursing interventions across the child's lifetime. It also includes components of effective case management for children with CP, including information on special needs trusts. This multidimensional look at children with cerebral palsy explores innovative nursing roles throughout the medical, developmental, and educational systems and affirms the contribution of professional nurses in the lives of these very special youngsters. Please see Objectives for a specific list of course goals.
an eight-year old in a classroom down the hall, uses a pointing stick
to select one of the pictures on the computer touch screen. The pointing stick
is attached to his hand with a universal cuff, and the computer screen is mounted
in front of his power wheelchair. Listening intently to his teacher's voice,
Juan Carlos moves his arm in a series of choppy movements to hit the correct
spot on the screen. After a brief respite for the health aide to suction Juan
Carlos' tracheostomy and reposition his wrist splints, the child gamely listens
for the next instruction. After school, Juan Carlos has an appointment with
his gastroenterologist to check the function of his gastrostomy tube. He then
has a physical therapy visit to be fitted for a new prone
Although Mary and Juan Carlos attend the same school, it seems that they have very little else in common. Mary participates in the general curriculum, albeit a little slower than many of her classmates, while Juan Carlos' class work has been extensively modified to fit his needs. Both of these children have cerebral palsy.