Understanding physical impairment in young children

Tait, Kathleen (2014) Understanding physical impairment in young children. In: Diversity, inclusion & engagement, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 317-349. ISBN 978-0-1955-2223-5


Among those children who have special needs, some children live with a physical impairment. This chapter focuses on the topic of physical impairment (PI; also known as a physical disability, or a mobility limitation). The impact of living with a PI in childhood and adolescence can differ depending on whether the child was born with a physical disability (PD) or whether the child acquired a physical impairment at a very young age. Clearly the ramifications of growing up with a PI are quite different from those of acquiring them at an older age.This chapter will focus on early onset physical impairment. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of four categories of early onset childhood and/or developmental physical disabilities that teachers are most likely to need information on (that is, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and the neuromuscular disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy); and to raise the reader's awareness of the most common concerns and issues in the lives of children growing up with a physical impairment. Included are related medical issues; potential treatment approaches, and the importance of engagement as it relates to a child with a physically disabling condition, for participation in the regular classroom, educational implications and quality of life issues in childhood and adolescence.

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Additional Information: © Mervyn Hyde, Lorelei Carpenter and Robert Conway 2014. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior permission in writing of Oxford University Press.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 23:09
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2017 04:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: cerebral palsy; chronic conditions; fine motor; gross motor; hydrocephalus; ICF-CY; juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; mobility; muscular dystrophy; physical impairment; quality of life; spina bifida; task analysis; zone of proximal development
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26376

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