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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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Preschoolers

Preschoolers

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807867860_sandler.12

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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