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Disabled Village Children

A guide for community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families

By David Werner

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Information on Different Disabilities

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A. Where Do We Start?

Chapter 1. Introduction to PART 1: Making Therapy Functional and Fun 003
Chapter 2. Ideas for Sharing Information from This Book 009
Chapter 3. Prevention of Disabilities 013
Chapter 4. Examining and Evaluating the Disabled Child 021
Chapter 5. Simple Ways to Measure and Record a Child's Progress 043

B. Recognizing, Helping with, and Preventing Common Disabilities

Chapter 6. Guide For Identifying Disabilities 051
Chapter 7. Polio 059
Chapter 8. Contractures: Limbs That No Longer Straighten 077
Chapter 9. Cerebral Palsy (difficulty with movements because of brain damage) 087
Chapter 10. Muscular Dystrophy: Gradual, Progressive Muscle Loss 109
Chapter 11. Club Feet, Flat Feet, Bow Legs, and Knock-knees 113
Chapter 12. Common Birth Defects (cleft lip, extra or joined fingers, incomplete l and arthrogryposis) 119
Chapter 13. Children Who Stay Small or Have Weak Bones (includes Rickets, Brittle Bone Disease, and Dwarfism) 125
Chapter 14. Erb's Palsy: Arm Paralysis from Birth Injury 127
Chapter 15. Painful Joints (includes How to Use Aspirin) 129
Chapter 16. Juvenile Arthritis 135
Chapter 17. Rheumatic Fever 153
Chapter 18. Hip Problems 155
Chapter 19. Bone Infections 159
Chapter 20. Spinal Curve and Other Back Deformities 161
Chapter 21. Tuberculosis of the Backbone - Pott's Disease 165
Chapter 22. Spina Bifida (babies born with a defect over their backbone) 167
Chapter 23. Spinal Cord Injury 175
Chapter 24. Pressure Sores 195
Chapter 25. Urine and Bowel Management: With Spinal Cord Injury and Spina Bifida (includes Urinary Infections) 203
Chapter 26. Leprosy 215
Chapter 27. Amputations 227
Chapter 28. Burns and Burn Deformities 231
Chapter 29. Fits: Epilepsy 233
Chapter 30. Blindness and Difficulty Seeing 243
Chapter 31. Deafness and Communication 257
Chapter 32. Mental Retardation: Down Syndrome, Cretinism, and Other Causes 277
Chapter 33. The Child with Several Severe Disabilities 283

C. Helping the Child Whose Mind and/or Body are Slow to Develop

Chapter 34. Child Development and Developmental Delay 287
Chapter 35. Early Stimulation and Development Activities 301
  1) Head Control and Use of Senses 5) Creeping and Crawling  
  2) Rolling and Twisting 6) Standing, Walking, and Balance  
  3) Gripping, Reaching, and Hand-eye Coordination 7) Communication and Speech  
  4) Body Control, Sitting, and Balance 8) Early Play Activities and Toys  

D. Helping Children Develop and Become More Self-reliant

Chapter 36. Feeding 319
Chapter 37. Dressing 333
Chapter 38. Toilet Training 337
Chapter 39. Bathing (includes Care of the Teeth and Gums) 345
Chapter 40. Ways to Improve Learning and Behavior 349
Chapter 41. 'Learning Disabilities' in Children with Normal Intelligence 365

E. Exercises and Techniques

Chapter 42. Range-of-motion and Other Exercises 367
Chapter 43. Crutch Use, Cane Use, and Wheelchair Transfers 393

Village Involvement in the Rehabilitation, Social Integration, and Rights of Disabled Children.

Chapter 44. Introduction to PART 2: Disabled Children in the Community 401
Chapter 45. Starting Village-based Rehabilitation Activities 405
Chapter 46. Playgrounds for All Children 415
Chapter 47. CHILD-to-child: Helping Teachers and Children Understand Disabled Children 427
Chapter 48. Popular Theater 455
Chapter 49. A Children's Workshop for Making Toys 463
Chapter 50. Organization, Management, and Financing of a Village Rehabilitation Program 477
Chapter 51. Adapting the Home and Community to the Needs of the Disabled 485
Chapter 52. Love, Sex, and Social Adjustment 491
Chapter 53. Education: At Home, at School, at Work 497
Chapter 54. Work: Possibilities and Training 503
Chapter 55. Examples of Community-Directed Programs 515

Rehabilitation Aids and Procedures

Chapter 56. Introduction to PART 3: Making Sure Aids and Procedures Do More Good than Harm 525
Chapter 57. A 'Shop for Making Aids' Run by Disabled Villagers 533
Chapter 58. Braces (Calipers) 539
Chapter 59. Correcting Joint Contractures (with casts or braces) 559
Chapter 60. Correcting Club Feet (with tape or plaster casts) 565
Chapter 61. Homemade Casting Materials 569
Chapter 62. Developmental Aids (for lying, sitting, standing, balance, and communication) 571
Chapter 63. Walking Aids (bars, crutches, walkers, canes) 579
Chapter 64. Decisions about Special Seats and Wheelchairs 589
Chapter 65. Adaptations for Wheelchairs and Other Sitting Aids 607
Chapter 66. Designs for 6 Basic Wheelchairs 613
Chapter 67. Artificial Legs 625

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