HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin
PO Box 13366
Austin, TX 78711
Dr. David McMurrey
Director of Public Relations
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Texas, Inc.
900 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
Dear Dr. McMurrey:
I am writing to inform you about my progress on the report on Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation Therapy (TES) for children with cerebral palsy, which will be handed out at the United Cerebral Palsy Program held at the Hilton Hotel. Immediately following the your organization's 15 June acceptance of my bid to present a seminar and background report on this topic, I began researching and gathering information in all areas of this project.
After much research, I have gathered detailed information on the background on cerebral palsy in children and the effects of TES as a treatment for these children. I have made adjustments to the explanation about how cerebral palsy and TES affects the child's physiologically so that your clients, the parents, can fully understand this difficult topic easily.
My colleagues at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital have helped me put the project together. With their help, I have completed one-third of the project; therefore, I expect to have the final report before or on the determined deadline, August 8.
In the following sections of this progress report, I have included a brief project description on what your clients can expect to receive at the seminar. I discuss the work that has been completed, the work I am currently involved in, and the work that needs to be finished. Finally, I will give the overall assessment of how the project is going.
Purpose. Not many parents who have a child with cerebral palsy know what treatments are available. Once parents find all this information, they do not know what is best for their child and/or do not understand how these treatments improve their children's physical and social health. The purpose of this project is to educate parents about TES and its uses for children with cerebral palsy.
Scope. This technical report will cover the basic background about cerebral palsy and Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation Therapy. The report will be broken into two major topics: (1) cerebral palsy and (2) TES therapy; however, each topic is described in detail. Cerebral palsy section will be discussed in the following four areas:
TES section however will include four broad areas:
Cerebral palsy background. This topic describing cerebral palsy is fully written. I have described in full detail the impact of this developmental disorder on children. This section includes the physiological background of cerebral palsy, the terminology needed to understand cerebral palsy, the forms of cerebral palsy, and what treatment is available. All of these points will help parents understand their children's condition.
Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation Therapy. This topic of the paper has been fully researched. I have finished describing the history of electrical stimulation therapy which will give background to how TES evolved. So far, I have detailed information to discuss TES's uses for children with cerebral palsy, the One 2 One Stimulator, studies done with TES therapy for children with cerebral palsy, advantages and risks of using TES.
Cerebral Palsy Background. Since this section of the report is done, I am currently determining which areas of this topic are lacking information. At this stage, I am asking my colleagues to proofread this topic of the report for proper grammar, accuracy of the information, and easy comprehension.
Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation Therapy. For this section of the report, I am in the process of finishing the written portion of the background on TES, its apparatus, the studies done with TES, and the advantages and risks of using TES. Most of my time is devoted in this topic since it is the purpose of the technical report. I am also putting the finishing touches on the history and physiological background of electrical stimulation therapy and the differences between Functional Electrical Stimulation therapy and TES therapy.
Cerebral Palsy Background. I will need to insert my graphics in the text of this section. I plan to use graphics illustrating the nervous system of human body so that a terminology used in the report can be fully understood. I will also make tables about the risks of cerebral palsy, so that parents have a reference as to what signs to look for to prevent other complications.
Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation Therapy. In this section of the report, I will include graphics in the text. I plan to put graphics illustrating the physiological effects of TES on the body, the apparatus, and the tables or graphics demonstrating studies done on children with cerebral palsy. I am however concerned that there will be technical terminology that might be confusing to the reader; therefore, I plan to have nonspecialists read this section so I can receive feedback.
Enclosed is a full detailed outline of the report as it stands now. If you have any questions or suggestions about the outline, or if you would like to read the report in its current state, please let me know. As it stands, the progress of the report is coming together well; thus, I expect the final report to be turn in before or on the scheduled date.
Lisa Candelas, P.T.
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Encl.: Outline of the Current Progress of the Report
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