The Boy Who Could Run but Not Walk

The Boy Who Could Run but Not Walk

Understanding Neuroplasticity in the Child's Brain

Book - 2016
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In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Karen Pape tells the story of how some children with early brain damage astounded everyone around them. The brain injury they suffered at or near birth had led to motor problems such as the awkward gait we associate with cerebral palsy. Yet they were able to run, kick a soccer ball, tap dance, and play tennis. This was not supposed to happen. It ran counter to the prevailing belief that the brain is hardwired and fixed. When Dr. Pape first shared her remarkable findings, she ran into fierce opposition from mainstream medicine. Yet this courageous neonatologist didn't back down. In her clinical practice, Pape helped many young brain-damaged children to significantly improve their movement. It led her to ask why some of them could run but not walk with the same ease. Her answer was astounding: By the time they learned to run, their brains had healed. The awkward walking gait was actually a bad habit acquired while the brain was still damaged. This is the power and the beauty of neuroplasticity, the brain's amazing ability to change and heal. It has revolutionized the treatment of adults who suffer stroke.

Now, for the first time, this remarkable book shows that children with a brain injury at or near birth can get better, too. These stories of children's recovery and improvements are a revelation#8212surprising, inspiring, and illuminating. They offer real hope for some of the world's most vulnerable children and a better understanding of how the baby brain grows and recovers.

Neonatologist and clinical neuroscientist Pape argues that treatments for children with early damage to the brain, nerves, or spinal cord have not been ambitious enough. Her goal is "a cure for some, improvement for all." She criticizes the inertia she has observed in medicine that causes many primary care providers to postpone referring patients with cerebral palsy (CP) for treatment until symptoms become "bad enough" to warrant attention. Early intervention, she argues, produces far better results. #8212 From the Publisher's Weekly Book Review

"This book is chock-full of cases of children with cerebral palsy who vastly exceed their physicians' expectations, as well as practical advice for parents and caregivers on how this can be done. Karen Pape, MD, is a pioneer, rightly demanding that colleagues integrate the new science of brain plasticity as it applies to these children, and this is her cri de coeur, recording not only the new breakthroughs, but effectively explaining why, tragically, so many families are still denied these important interventions."#8212 Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain's Way of Healing and The Brain That Changes Itself

"The delightful history of a feisty, path-finding doctor on the way to helping every child with early brain injury to a better life. It's chock-full of wisdom, deep scientific and medical understanding, wonderful practical advice, and justified hope."#8212 Michael Merzenich, PhD, Professor Emeritus, UCSF, author of Soft-Wired, and winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

"An affirmation of the life-changing benefits of neuroplastic healing and some powerful lessons for life."#8212 Jay Greenspan, MD, MBA, Neonatologist, Pediatrician-in-Chief, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children

"Accessible insights into breakthroughs in the understanding of neurological deficits in children, and exciting additions to the repertoire of available treatment methods."#8212 Warwick J. Peacock, MD, Director of the Surgical Science Laboratory at UCLA, Professor Emeritus Neurosurgery, UCSF
Publisher: Toronto : Barlow Books, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781988025056
Branch Call Number: 612.8 Pap
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Webb, Jonathan 1950-- Author

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