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Living with Spina BifidaA Guide for Families and Professionals$
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Adrian Sandler, M.D.

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807855478

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867860_sandler

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(p.117) Chapter 7 Preschoolers
Living with Spina Bifida

Adrian Sandler

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes some of the developmental issues that characterize the preschool years. We will touch on the importance to a child with spina bifida of a developing sense of self and an awareness of the social world. Such key habilitation issues as the use of wheelchairs will be addressed, as will a few relevant medical issues, including latex allergy. The author also provides some tips on how to prepare your child for surgery, as well as a few gems of advice from parents. It is often said that a child's development takes place not smoothly but in sudden spurts of growth followed by quiet periods or plateaus. The three-year-old child is typically poised for a dramatic spurt in receptive and expressive language. Vocabulary expands from perhaps one hundred words to several thousand during the preschool years.

Keywords:   developmental issues, preschool years, spina bifida, sense of self, social world, habilitation issues

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