Introduction to Cerebral Palsy
Learn about the causes and symptoms of cerebral palsy, its diagnosis and treatment in this free online course.Publisher: One Education
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Cerebral palsy is a broad term that refers to a collection of chronic movement or posture disorders. The term "cerebral" refers to the brain or something related to the brain, whereas "palsy" refers to a physical disorder, such as muscle control. Cerebral palsy is often associated with other conditions such as epilepsy, perception disturbance, vision disturbance, and a variety of other symptoms. This course will give you a thorough understanding of cerebral palsy. You will be able to identify the causes of this condition as well as the factors that contribute to it. The various types of cerebral palsy, treatment approaches and the development and implementation of a care plan for cerebral palsy patients will be presented. To begin, cerebral palsy will be defined as a medical condition. Important terms related to the condition will be highlighted. This condition primarily affects a child's limbs. Cerebral palsy is classified into five major types based on the number of affected limbs. These types will be thoroughly explained.
There are several risk factors associated with children who have cerebral palsy. These factors can have an impact on a child both during the prenatal and postnatal stages of life. There will be a thorough explanation of these risk factors. Following that, the epidemiology of cerebral palsy will be discussed. After discussing the symptoms, causes, and risk factors, the proper way to diagnose cerebral palsy will be presented. Various methods for diagnosing cerebral palsy in a child during the prenatal and perinatal stages will be demonstrated. Detection in the early months, as well as signs and symptoms to watch for months after childbirth, will be discussed. Following the diagnosis, the process of developing a care plan will be described. A care plan outlines what an individual in need of social and health care can expect to receive to help him regain his independence or, at the very least, begin his recovery. The various components of a care plan, as well as the accountability associated with the care plan, will be discussed. The level of responsibility, as well as the principles of the care plan, will be explained.
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There are several treatment principles for a cerebral palsy patient. There is no standard way to treat all patients because each individual requires a different level of care and treatment. Different principles for treating various types of cerebral palsy will be discussed. Occupational and physical therapy are essential components of cerebral palsy treatment plans. You will learn how these therapies differ from one another and how they can effectively contribute to the treatment and care of such patients. Thereafter, you will study the difference in lives and behaviors of a normal child and a child with cerebral palsy. Finally, the role of the child, his family and the involved therapist in proper treatment of an individual with cerebral palsy will be presented. This course will equip you with detailed information and a complete understanding of the underlying concepts related to cerebral palsy. If you are a professional or someone seeking to serve in the medical industry, this course is for you. Take advantage of this opportunity and enroll right away!
Having completed this course, you will be able to:
- List the symptoms of cerebral palsy.
- Outline the various prenatal and perinatal reasons for cerebral palsy.
- Explain some conditions that are accompanied by motor disorders in a cerebral palsy patient.
- Distinguish the different types of cerebral palsy.
- Discuss the characteristics of postural tone in cerebral palsy.
- Summarize the important components of a care plan for patients.
- Discuss the role of the child, family, and therapist in the treatment.
- Differentiate between a normal child and a child with cerebral palsy.
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