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Occupational Therapy and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


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This is a practical guide for Occupational Therapists and others who provide services to people who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The goal of the book is to deepen the readers understanding of the support that occupational therapists can offer to families who are affected by this condition. Written by experienced occupational therapists with a special interest in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The book will provide information and support to therapists who may be working in isolation, or who rarely work with this client group. It is for the experienced therapist as well as the student. Each chapter of this book gives a clear and comprehensive description of different aspects of occupational therapy assessments and interventions.



1 Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Medical Overview (Alex Howarth).

2 The Occupational Therapy Process (Kate Stone, with Claire Tester and Mary McCutcheon).

3 The Psychosocial and Emotional Impact of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Some Considerations (Claire Tester).

4 From our Point of View: From Young Men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as Shared with Claire (Claire Tester).

5 Personal Activities of Daily Living (Alex Howarth, Ruth Johnston, Heather McAndrew and Nicola Traynor).

6 Seating (Joy Blakeney and Ruth Johnston).

7 Moving and Handling (Kate Stone and Claire Tester).

8 Occupational Therapy in Education (Alex Howarth, Heather McAndrew, Mary McCutcheon and Nicola Traynor).

9 Learning and Behaviour Diffi culties (Claire Tester).

10 Leisure and Play (Kate Stone).

11 Community Care (Kate Stone).

12 Housing Issues (Kate Stone).

13 Social Needs: An Overview (Claire Tester).

14 Employment (Kate Stone).

15 Transport (Kate Stone).

16 Bereavement and Anticipatory Grief (Claire Tester).

17 The Role of the Hospice (Claire Tester).

18 In Conversation with Occupational Therapists (Claire Tester).

19 The Future (Claire Tester and Dr Alison Wilcox).

Appendix I.

Appendix II.

Appendix III.

Appendix IV.

Appendix V.

Appendix VI.

Appendix VII.

Appendix VIII.