Hesperian Health Guides
How to Use This Book
This is a reference book to help you meet the needs of disabled children. You need not read it from cover to cover. Use it to look up particular information as you need it.
To learn how the book is organized, and why, we suggest you read ABOUT THIS BOOK at the beginning. Also, please read the introduction to each of the 3 main parts of the book.
To work more effectively with disabled children, we strongly suggest that you read the first 5 chapters of PART 1. This will help you to examine a child, to identify different disabilities, and to keep important records in an easy way.
THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO FIND INFORMATION THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR:
- Check the list of CONTENTS at the beginning of the book. This tells you what each chapter is about and gives a link to it.
- If you do not know what disability a child has, use the GUIDE FOR IDENTIFYING DISABILITIES. It lists the common signs of different disabilities.
If you want more information than is in this book, see the list of books and teaching materials entitled Other Resources. If you do not know what some words mean, look in the LIST OF SPECIAL OR DIFFICULT WORDS. Words explained in this LIST are written in italics when first used in a chapter.
This book is divided into 3 parts.
PART 1: WORKING WITH THE CHILD AND FAMILY (Chapters 1 to 42)
This is the longest part of the book; divided into 5 sections:
Section A (Chapters 2 to 5): ideas for sharing information from the book; and background information on working with disabled children
Section B (Chapters 6 to 33): detailed information on specific disabilities
Section C (Chapters 34 and 35): on the child who is slow to learn and to develop
Section D (Chapters 36 to 41): on helping disabled children become more self-reliant
Section E (Chapters 42 and 43): on learning specific exercises; includes techniques for using crutches, canes, and wheelchairs
PART 2: WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY (Chapters 44 to 55)
- ideas for starting a community program, and for helping the community respond to the needs of disabled children
PART 3: WORKING IN THE SHOP (Chapters 56 to 67)
- suggestions for setting up a workshop and for making aids, wheelchairs, braces, and rehabilitation equipment
REMEMBER: The best way to learn how to use this book is to work for a while with the guidance of experienced rehabilitation workers.