Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

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Edited By: Bernard Dan and Peter Rosenbaum

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Online ISSN: 1469-8749


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  1. Commentary

    1. Health care and risk of early death for people with learning disabilities

      Celia Harding

      Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13376

      This commentary is on the original article by Amin et al.

  2. Invited Reviews

    1. The genetic basis of cerebral palsy

      Michael C Fahey, Alastair H Maclennan, Doris Kretzschmar, Jozef Gecz and Michael C Kruer

      Version of Record online: 1 JAN 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13363

      What this paper adds

      • Genetics may play a major role in the etiology of cerebral palsy.
      • Although cerebral palsy is proving genetically heterogeneous, converging gene networks are emerging, implicating new therapeutic targets.
  3. Original Articles

    1. The Health, Functioning and Wellbeing Summary Traffic Light Communication Tool: a survey of families’ views

      Peter Ireland and Karen A Horridge

      Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13370

      What this paper adds

      • The Health, Functioning and Wellbeing Summary helped families to gather and prioritize their thoughts before consultations.
      • From the families’ perspectives, use of the tool improved communication during consultations.
      • The tool ensured that the serious concerns of families were addressed during consultations.
  4. Commentary

    1. Management of drooling in neurological disabilities: more evidence is needed

      Dinah Reddihough

      Version of Record online: 23 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13369

      This commentary is on the original article by van Hulst et al.

  5. Original Articles

    1. The Gross Motor Function Classification System Family Report Questionnaire: reliability between special-education teachers and caregivers

      Sirinun Ramrit, Ponlapat Yonglitthipagon, Taweesak Janyacharoen, Alongkot Emasithi and Wantana Siritaratiwat

      Version of Record online: 14 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13356

      What this paper adds

      • The Thai Gross Motor Function Classification System - Family Report Questionnaire (GMFCS-FR) can be reliably used to classify children with cerebral palsy aged 2 to 12 years in the community.
      • An introduction to the GMFCS-FR helps special-education teachers and caregivers correctly classify the children's functional ability.
      • Special-education teachers can communicate with parents or caregivers about a child's functional performance using the GMFCS-FR.
    2. Risk factors for dental caries among children with cerebral palsy in a low-resource setting

      Rahena Akhter, Nur Mohammad Monsur Hassan, Elizabeth F Martin, Mohammad Muhit, Mohammad Raziul Haque, Hayley Smithers-Sheedy, Cheryl Jones, Nadia Badawi and Gulam Khandaker

      Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13359

      What this paper adds

      • Children with cerebral palsy with severe motor disability (Gross Motor Function Classification System levels IV–V) are at high risk for dental caries.
  6. Systematic Reviews

    1. Screening and evaluation tools of dysphagia in children with neuromuscular diseases: a systematic review

      Nicolas Audag, Christophe Goubau, Michel Toussaint and Gregory Reychler

      Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13354

      What this paper adds

      • The first systematic review on dysphagia screening and evaluation tools in paediatric patients with neuromuscular diseases (NMD).
      • In NMD there are alternatives to videofluoroscopic swallow study for dysphagia assessment.
      • It highlights the need for additional studies of paediatric patients with NMD.
  7. Original Articles

    1. Causes of mortality in individuals with tuberous sclerosis complex

      Sam Amin, Andrew Lux, Nuala Calder, Matthew Laugharne, John Osborne and Finbar O'callaghan

      Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13352

      What this paper adds

      • Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy is an important cause of mortality in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
      • Patients with learning disabilities are at significantly greater risk of early mortality.
      • Female patients are more vulnerable to renal and pulmonary disease compared with male patients.
      • Less well-known manifestations of TSC, such as pancreatic malignancy, are important causes of death.
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      The effectiveness of an outdoor adventure programme for young children with autism spectrum disorder: a controlled study

      Ditza A Zachor, Shira Vardi, Shani Baron-Eitan, Inbal Brodai-Meir, Noa Ginossar and Esther Ben-Itzchak

      Version of Record online: 2 DEC 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13337

      What this paper adds

      • Outdoor adventure programme intervention may reduce severity of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptoms.
      • Outdoor adventure programmes may add to social communication skills improvement alongside traditional intervention.
      • They may reduce the severity of restricted and repetitive behaviours.
      • They encourage problem-solving and interpersonal communication in exciting situations.
      • They provide a secondary effective intervention in ASD.
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      Negative effects of submandibular botulinum neurotoxin A injections on oral motor function in children with drooling due to central nervous system disorders

      Karen van Hulst, Carlyn V Kouwenberg, Pieter H Jongerius, Ton Feuth, Franciscus J A van den Hoogen, Alexander C H Geurts and Corrie E Erasmus

      Version of Record online: 30 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13333

      What this paper adds

      • Transient adverse effects of submandibular botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT-A) injections on oral motor function occur in 33% of all cases.
      • Predictors of the occurrence of adverse effects of BoNT-A treatment are diagnosis of cerebral palsy, higher dosage of BoNT-A, and a pre-treatment drooling quotient <18%.
      • Although BoNT is a valuable treatment for drooling, careful evaluation before treatment and aftercare are crucial.
    4. Hospital admissions in children with cerebral palsy: a data linkage study

      Elaine Meehan, Susan M Reid, Katrina Williams, Gary L Freed, Jillian R Sewell, Suzanna Vidmar, Susan Donath and Dinah S Reddihough

      Version of Record online: 30 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13350

      What this paper adds

      • Cerebral palsy (CP) admissions are more costly than general childhood admissions.
      • More admissions in children with CP are elective, occurring at metropolitan hospitals.
      • Greater severity is associated with more emergency, multiday, and respiratory admissions.
      • Neurological, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and digestive diseases account for most CP admissions.
      • It is feasible to use CP registers for health services research.
    5. Measuring changes of manual ability with ABILHAND-Kids following intensive training for children with unilateral cerebral palsy

      Yannick Bleyenheuft, Andrew M Gordon, Eugène Rameckers, Jean-Louis Thonnard and Carlyne Arnould

      Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13338

      What this paper adds

      • Good responsiveness of ABILHAND-Kids during intensive motor skill learning interventions was demonstrated.
      • Larger mean ABILHAND-Kids changes in younger children than in adolescents were detected; larger mean ABILHAND-Kids changes in children with Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) II than in children with MACS I or III were highlighted.
      • Higher responsiveness in ABILHAND-Kids than in other tools measuring manual skills (the self-care part of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory and the Assisting Hand Assessment) was observed.
    6. Prospective evaluation of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3rd Edition in very-low-birthweight infants

      Pratibha K Agarwal, Luming Shi, Lourdes M Daniel, Phey Hong Yang, Poh Choo Khoo, Bin Huey Quek, Qishi Zheng and Victor S Rajadurai

      Version of Record online: 24 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13307

      What this paper adds

      • Diagnostic agreement of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3rd Edition (ASQ-3) and Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development 3rd Edition in preterm very-low-birthweight infants at 24 months.
      • Negative predictive value (NPV) >98% from age 9 months in the ASQ-3 motor domain.
      • Optimal referral cut-off total ASQ-3 score of 243 achieved 100% NPV at 24 months.
    7. Caregiver-directed home-based intensive bimanual training in young children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy: a randomized trial

      Claudio L Ferre, Marina Brandão, Bhavini Surana, Ashley P Dew, Noelle G Moreau and Andrew M Gordon

      Version of Record online: 19 NOV 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.13330

      What this paper adds

      • Caregivers can play an active role in providing bimanual training to children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy.
      • Home-based intensive bimanual training improves dexterity and functional goals.
      • Supervision of caregivers may play an important role in ensuring treatment fidelity.


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