Stuck in Neutral and Cruise Control by Terry Trueman Cerebral Palsy
<ul><li>What is Cerebral Palsy? </li></ul><ul><li>The term cerebral palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect muscle coordination and body movement. </li></ul><ul><li>·Cerebral palsy is not caused by problems in the muscles or nerves. </li></ul><ul><li>·It is caused by abnormalities of the brain that control muscle movements. </li></ul><ul><li>·The majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it but it may not be detected until years later. </li></ul>
· Most early signs of cerebral palsy appear before the age of 3 years old. ·The most common signs are: a lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements, stiff or tight muscles, exaggerated reflexes, walking with one foot or leg dragging, walking on the toes, a crouched gait, or a “scissored” gait, and muscle tone that is either too stiff or too floppy. ·A small percentage of children have cerebral palsy as the result of brain damage in the first few months or years of life, brain infections such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis, or head injury from a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or child abuse. What are the signs of CP?
<ul><li>Is there any treatment? </li></ul><ul><li>· There is no cure for cerebral palsy, but treatment will often improve a child's capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Many children go on to enjoy near-normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed. </li></ul><ul><li>In general, the earlier the treatment begins the better chance children have of overcoming developmental disabilities or learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge them. </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment may include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, drugs to control seizures, relax muscle spasms, and alleviate pain; surgery to correct anatomical abnormalities or release tight muscles; braces and other orthotic devices; wheelchairs and rolling walkers; and communication aids such as computers with attached voice synthesizers . </li></ul>
<ul><li>What is the prognosis? </li></ul><ul><li>Cerebral palsy doesn’t always cause severe disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>While one child with cerebral palsy might be unable to walk and need extensive, lifelong care, another with mild cerebral palsy might be only slightly awkward and require no special assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive treatments, medications, and surgery can help many individuals improve their motor skills and ability to communicate with the world. </li></ul>
<ul><li>What research is being done? </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers are investigating early brain development, including genetic defects, which are sometimes responsible for the brain malformations and abnormalities that result in cerebral palsy. </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists are also looking at traumatic events in newborn babies’ brains, such as bleeding, epileptic seizures, and breathing and circulation problems, which can cause the abnormal release of chemicals that trigger the kind of damage that causes cerebral palsy. </li></ul><ul><li>To make sure children are getting the right kinds of therapies, studies are also being done that evaluate both experimental treatments and treatments already in use so that physicians and parents have valid information to help them choose the best therapy. </li></ul>
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Other books by Terry Trueman: Three years after his father's suicide, Jordan is a self–described zombie. With no friends and no interests, Jordan has made sure he is invisible and alone because it's easier to get by that way. But then salvation comes in the most unlikely form. It's gorgeous, and it's sexy–a 1976 Corvette! Drawn by this beautiful car and the doors it opens for him, Jordan realizes that maybe he can start living. But on the path to recovery, Jordan starts taking risky chances that mean he might just lose everything all over again. In a busy coffee shop, a robbery goes wrong. Two gunmen hold seven hostages, including teenager Zach Wahhsted. What nobody realizes at first is that Zach is anything but ordinary and his troubled mind is more dangerous than any weapon. Everything except for the desperate courage of those who survive that terrifying night. After hours of cowering in the dark with no lights, no warmth, and the terrible noises of the rain and wind pounding on the walls, José walks out his front door and steps into a nightmare. But his nightmare has only begun as he and the few who are left in his small village start to pull their lives back together. Based on Hurricane Mitch's devastation of Honduras in 1998, Terry Trueman's powerful story is about a young boy's fear and courage in the face of a force of nature too huge to even imagine. In baseball, fielding your position at third base is tricky—that's why third is called "the hot corner." You have to be aware that anything can happen at any time. This should be the best year of Scott's life: It's his last season of varsity ball, his team is about to go to the city championship, and a pro career is on the line. Instead, everything he always counted on comes crashing down at the same time, and his whole life is like one blazing hot corner—full of deadly line drives and crazy "bad hops." Scott can't believe the awful stuff coming his way, but it's time to find out whether he has what it takes to play the hot corner—on the baseball diamond and off it.
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