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Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
SJR: 0.121 SNIP: 0.228 CiteScore™: 0.17

ISSN Print: 0896-2960
ISSN Online: 2162-6553

Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v21.i2.20
pages 117-165

Rehabilitation Care and Management for the Individual with Cerebral Palsy, Ages 13 Through Early Adulthood

Kerstin ML Sobus
Indiana University, Clarian Health Partners (Methodist-IU-Riley), USA
Jerie Beth Karkos
Pediatrics University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital Centers for Children, USA


Adolescence is a critical time for growth, development and social adjustment for all teens. As more children with cerebral palsy live into adulthood, this transition period can also be a challenge for their parents, the school and the teen as this maybe a new unchartered experience not only for the teen but for those working with the teen. This thorough review of the literature explores issues specific to the adolescent with cerebral palsy in the areas of physical, mental and behavioral health, development, educational, policy and social systems to assist in optimizing transition into adulthood. Topics include preventative care, evaluation and management of common medical and dental comorbidities, growth, nutrition, functional goal setting, driving, education, housing options, life skills, sexuality, transitional planning and legal and medical-legal issues.