Columbia Orthopedics provider Dr. Joshua Hyman discussed how to assess the pros and cons of surgery and the impact on children’s quality of life. While Dr. Hyman is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, the discussion was focused on important surgical and nonsurgical considerations for children with special needs.
• Learn the important questions to ask your healthcare provider
• Hear the indicators to look for
• Understand assessment of risks
The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center hosted Dr. James Galloway for the 2015 Marilyn R. Lindenhauer Lecture.
When a nonverbal child is in pain, it’s usually the parent who acts as the interpreter. Does the child behave differently, or move in a different way? But being parents, they may be prone to bias. Healthcare professionals have therefore been seeking objective ways to assess pain and discomfort in nonverbal patients — such as intellectually developmentally disabled children with cerebral palsy — using self-reporting devices otherwise known as “augmentative and alternative communications” tools.
Most people can reach for a cup of coffee that they are not looking at and successfully bring it to their mouths. But for people with cerebral palsy who have hemiplegia, that proprioceptive skill is missing. They may not reach the cup at all, or if they do grasp it with the involved arm, they may end up tipping the cup over. Moreover, the lack of control on the affected side often gets progressively worse as these patients learn to favor the dominant side.
The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University launched a Distinguished Speaker Series with the inaugural event on June 12th featuring Dr. Scott Wright, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins.
In May, the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University and UCP of NYC held a one-day conference dedicated to an in-depth examination of the environmental, physical, and communication challenges that accompany Cerebral Palsy (CP) and complex care patients into adulthood. Attendees included medical and surgical specialists, medical students, residents, physical and occupational therapists, patients, family members, and caregivers.