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This new edition provides additional material on hydrotherapy related to children with major sensory disabilities and to those children who, at birth, are categorized as being very preterm and of very of extremely low birth weight. For those children with sensory deficits, the therapeutic and recreational opportunities opened to them through the appropriate introduction to water are significant. Presentation of methods of enabling such children to develop the necessary mental adjustment to the very different environment provided by water should be welcomed by many physiotherapists. Motor activity is an important element in promoting the normal development of the very preterm, very low birth weight infant. Frequently, because of the stormy course of events following their birth, preterm born infants are seen as fragile and delicate. They are often shielded from the rough and tumble which quickly becomes a part of the normal activity of their term born peers and many parents are fearful of introducing their preterm born babies to water. Ms Reid Campion has had significant experience in introducing such infants and their families to the beneifts water can offer. Group programmes in water for children under 12 months of adjusted age attending the routine follow-up motor development clinic in Perth, Western Australia, have become commonplace. The efficacy of this form of intervention in terms of parent satisfaction and infant delight are instantaneously obvious. Parents involved in these programmes are heartened by the fact that their shared experiences have formed the basis of new material presented here which will benefit others like themselves. In addition to these new sections, the author has expanded the coverage of specific disordrs and their handling and introduced various new activities, diagrams and references.
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