Finnie's Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home

The 4th edition of Finnie’s Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home has been updated to reflect the current practices of today. It aims to help parents assist their child with cerebral palsy (CP) towards achieving the most comfortable independence in all activities. It is hoped to show how, by using typical parenting skills, which involve guiding and exposing a child to develop through challenging experiences, the child with CP will also develop. The book is also intended to help professionals and other carers new to this field understand, support and encourage young children with CP and their families.

Over the years since the first edition of this book was written ideas on appropriate therapies have changed and developed. Similarly opinion on early intervention has changed and the method of delivery of service has in some places moved from centralisation to home-based or community provision. The emphasis of this new edition however remains on a holistic approach to the child's needs seeing the difficulties in relation to the overall development of the child as a unique person from childhood to adulthood.

Therapists, nurses, parents and all carers working with children with cerebral palsy

Paperback, 396 Pages

Published: October 2008

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8810-9


  • The information in the fourth edition of Finnie’s Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home has been extensively rewritten and much new information has been added. Throughout the book the emphasis has been changed from infant to child and the way problems and interventions change as the child grows. Overall the book is very well done and clearly written, definitely worth getting the new edition in consumer health libraries.

    Consumer Connection, September 2009


  • Dedication
    List of contributors
    Foreword by Philippa Russell
    Suggestions on how to use this book

    Chapter 1 Communication between parents and professionals - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 2 Preparing for and coping with hospital appointments, assessments and admissions - C Fitzgerald & T Kerr Elliott
    Chapter 3 Medical aspects of cerebral palsy: causes, associated problems and management - D Reddihough
    Chapter 4 The role of different brain-imaging techniques in the diagnosis of cerebral palsy - I Krägeloh-Mann & M Wilke
    Chapter 5 Epilepsy in cerebral palsy - R Guerrini & S Pellacani
    Chapter 6 Parents’ problems - J Bavin & E Bower
    Chapter 7 Learning and behaviour: the psychologist’s role - M Gardner
    Chapter 8 Emotional health - C Laver-Bradbury
    Chapter 9 Parents’ contribution to early learning: developing a dialogue using touch, sight, hearing and communication - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 10 Understanding movement, both typical and in the child with cerebral palsy - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 11 Handling - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 12 Sleeping - J Beaumont
    Chapter 13 Feeding - H Cockerill
    Chapter 14 Lifting and carrying - J Graham
    Chapter 15 Toilet training - AJ Wright & R Kelly
    Chapter 16 Bathing - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 17 Dressing - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 18 Communication - H Cockerill
    Chapter 19 Hand function and fine motor activities - D Green
    Chapter 20 Gross motor development in children with cerebral palsy: what do we know, and how may that knowledge help? - P Rosenbaum
    Chapter 21 Chairs, pushchairs and car seats - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 22 Aids to mobility - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 23 Play - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 24 Leisure and fitness - Revised by E Bower
    Chapter 25 Deformity: growth and the problems of getting taller - D Scrutton
    Chapter 26 Orthoses and Children with cerebral palsy - C Morris
    Chapter 27 Spasticity - DS Roy & JF McLaughlin
    Chapter 28 Complementary and alternative medicine in cerebral palsy - M Bower

    Appendix 1: An overview of the first five stages of sensorimotor development in a child with typical movement
    Appendix 2: A typical child's gross motor development
    Appendix 3: Validated measures of motor development and function which can be used for children with cerebral palsy
    Appendix 4: Using the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) for intervention planning in children 0-5 years
    Appendix 5: Glossary of some of the terms used by therapists



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