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The Spastic Forms of Cerebral Palsy

A Guide to the Assessment of Adaptive Functions

  • A complete analysis of the clinical evaluation of children affected by cerebral palsy

  • Classification of spastic forms of cerebral palsy

  • Stressing the role of imaging (US and MRI) in both early diagnosis and prognosis

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Nature of the Defect

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Cerebral Palsy Detection: from John Little to the Present

      • Giovanni Cioni, Paola B. Paolicelli
      Pages 3-15
    3. Guide to the Interpretation of Cerebral Palsy

      • Adriano Ferrari, Silvia Alboresi
      Pages 17-28
  3. Function Analysis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-29
    2. Functional Diagnosis in Infants and in Very Young Children: Early Predictive Signs

      • Giovanni Cioni, Andrea Guzzetta, Vittorio Belmonti
      Pages 31-52
    3. Motor Defects

      • Adriano Ferrari
      Pages 53-71
    4. Perceptive Defects

      • Adriano Ferrari
      Pages 73-98
    5. Praxic Organization Disorders

      • Simonetta Muzzini, Federico Posteraro, Roberta Leonetti
      Pages 99-114
    6. Visual and Oculomotor Disorders

      • Andrea Guzzetta, Francesca Tinelli, Ada Bancale, Giovanni Cioni
      Pages 115-142
    7. Neuropsychological Evaluation

      • Daniela Brizzolara, Paola Brovedani, Giovanni Ferretti
      Pages 143-179
    8. Observing Interactions

      • Saudra Maestro
      Pages 193-200
  4. Classification of Spastic Syndromes and Clinical Forms

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 201-201
    2. Critical Aspects of Classifications

      • Adriano Ferrari
      Pages 203-217
    3. Kinematic Classification

      • Adriano Ferrari
      Pages 219-239
    4. Tetraplegic Forms

      • Adriano Ferrari, Manuela Lodesani, Simonetta Muzzini, Rosita Pascale, Silvia Sassi
      Pages 241-272
    5. Dysperceptive Forms

      • Silvia Alboresi, Vittorio Belmonti, Alberto Ferrari, Adriano Ferrari
      Pages 273-291
    6. Forms of Diplegia

      • Adriano Ferrari, Manuela Lodesani, Silvia Perazza, Silvia Sassi
      Pages 293-330
    7. Forms of Hemiplegia

      • Giovanni Cioni, Giuseppina Sgandurra, Simonetta Muzzini, Paola B. Paolicelli, Adriano Ferrari
      Pages 331-356

About this book

by A. Berthoz The publication of this volume, edited by Adriano Ferrari and Giovanni Cioni, is a major event for several reasons. Most importantly, it concerns an area of child pathology that has yet to be fully explored. In this context, the authors’ efforts to compile their observations as well as those of other clinicians and to elaborate their theories have resulted in an ess- tial step in the field of cerebral palsy (CP). The originality of the book is its very clear focus, while at the same time the authors have encouraged the book’s contributors to express their ideas and personal opinions. This leads sometimes to redundancy, but this is precisely one of the benefits of the book - cause the same problems are then exposed from different points of views. The reader is thus spared the normative attempts of many other pathology books, in which the compl- ity of a given disease is hidden by the authors’ or editors’ desire to impose a rigid taxo- my or epidemiology.


  • assessment
  • cerebral palsy
  • child
  • children
  • classification
  • diagnosis
  • emotion
  • evaluation
  • organizations
  • spasticity
  • syndromes


From the reviews:

“This book encompasses the authors’ experiences and scientific background, resulting in an informative, thought-provoking book on the spastic forms of cerebral palsy. … This is a valuable source of information for a broad range of specialists, including neurologists, psychiatrists, physiatrists, and developmental pediatricians. Additionally, physiotherapists, medical students, residents, and other clinicians who work closely with individuals with cerebral palsy also will appreciate this book. … Overall, this is well-written book that offers a unique, comprehensive and thought-provoking review of cerebral palsy.” (Larissa Pavone, Doody’s Review Service, March, 2012)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Child Rehabilitation Unit, S. Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy

    Adriano Ferrari

  • Department of Neuroscience, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy

    Adriano Ferrari

  • Department of Developmental Neuroscience, Stella Maris Scientific Institute, Pisa, Italy

    Giovanni Cioni

  • Division of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

    Giovanni Cioni

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Spastic Forms of Cerebral Palsy

  • Book Subtitle: A Guide to the Assessment of Adaptive Functions

  • Authors: Adriano Ferrari, Giovanni Cioni

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Milano

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Milan 2010

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-88-470-1477-0Published: 21 October 2009

  • eBook ISBN: 978-88-470-1478-7Published: 29 December 2010

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 359

  • Topics: Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Neurology

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