The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

Helping Client With Cerebral Palsy

1930s
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An occupational therapist helps a client with cerebral palsy practice handwriting.

This photograph illustrates a mixed type cerebral palsy patient with components of ataxia and athetosis. She is beginning writing training by practicing basic circles and straight lines before attempting letters. 

The equipment shown is: an adjustable easel (work can be raised or lowered for standing or sitting use); standing stabilizers (to maintain balance and stability in standing while using upper extremities); and an adapted brush. The child grasps a rubber ball in a mass grasp pattern; the ball is mounted on a metal strip that holds the brush. This may be slipped onto the brush so that it can be changed for right or left hand use.

Photo courtesy of the archive of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
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