Pediatricians confront numerous disabilities in their care of children. All of these abnormalities demand the closest cooperation between the parents and the physician throughout the years of infancy childhood, and adolescence. This issue of Pediatric Annals provides the pediatrician with guidelines for managing the developmental issues facing disabled children and their families. Topics include: the role of the pediatrician in the care of the handicapped child, rehabilitation of infants and children with neuromuscular disorders, psychological problems of disabled adolescents and young adults, controversial therapies in the management of cerebral palsy, a developmental perspective for rehabilitation of children with physical disability, and enhancing the coping of young children with disabilities.
HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category 1 credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The Pre-Test below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered, ana wiJI make it possible for you to challenge your present knowledge of the material before reading further.
1. There is usually no hesitancy on the part off the primary physician to establish a diagnosis off severe handicap.
2. In most neuromuscular diseases a muscle biopsy is unnecessary.
3. The physician can help the family to cope with the demands off the child's handicapping condition by:
A. Offering them tranquilizers.
B. Telling them to try harder.
C. Offering information and support.
D. Ignoring their needs.
4. Which of the following statements is true? Learning to cope is a major task of growing up:
A. The physician has no role in this effort.
B. Smart parents know what has to be done.
C. A pediatrician supports the parent's and child's effort to cope.
D. There is no time for the physician to become involved.