Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – May 2022

Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – May 2022

19th May, 2022

If you’re heading to the European Academy of Childhood Disability in Barcelona for the 2022 annual conference, don’t forget to visit the Mac Keith Press stand, Floor E Stand 13 for the latest research in paediatric neurology and special offers on books and courses.
Find out more about the conference here.

Paediatric Neuropsychology within the Multidisciplinary Context

Rhonda Booth, Tara Murphy, and Kathy Zebracki

Booth, Murphy, and Zebracki present exciting new critical insight on neuropsychological theory and its influence on clinical practice in this accessible and forward-looking publication. With new research and theory on brain-behaviour relationships supported by instructive case studies, this Practical Guide demonstrates how neuroscience and other important factors are driving clinical formulation in paediatric neuropsychology. Rather than being constricted by conventional pathology, this book invites the reader to consider typical and atypical development as nuanced processes. The content serves to inform readers on assessment and intervention for children with commonly occurring and rare conditions, which require close and complex multidisciplinary collaboration.

Key papers this month

Mirror movements after bimanual intensive therapy in children with unilateral cerebral palsy: A randomized controlled trial
In this study, Araneda et al. randomised 31 children with unilateral cerebral palsy to either a control or treatment group. Those in the treatment group received 90 hours of Hand and Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy Including Lower Extremity (HABIT-ILE) training, which was found to be effective in decreasing the intensity of mirror movements.

‘Impairments of the brain’: Global South perspectives on childhood neurodevelopmental disability
This invited review by Bannink Mbazzi and Kawesa explores different interpretations of neurodevelopmental conditions in Uganda. They use the case study of 10-year-old Isma to discuss the importance of cultural concepts, family-centred care, and poverty when working with children with ‘impairments of the brain’.

Visits of concern in child neurology telemedicine
Prelack et al. assessed a large sample of over 7000 telemedicine visits during the COVID-19 pandemic between March and November 2020. They set out to characterize which child neurology telemedicine visits were flagged as requiring in-person evaluation and found that in-person evaluation was required for only 5% of total visits.

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