Louise Penkman

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Identifying cognitive deficits associated with pediatric brain tumors and their treatment is important in delineating the mechanisms of intellectual decline often associated with these diseases. The authors evaluated sustained attention, information processing speed, working memory, and IQ in 64 patients with posterior fossa tumors, including those treated(More)
It is widely accepted that awareness deficits present challenges to recovery and should be addressed as part of rehabilitation programming. Response to awareness intervention is commonly inferred from measurements that rely on reports by subjects and significant others. This article describes the findings from a pilot study that examined the relationship(More)
We sought to identify whether deficits in selective attention are present in pediatric brain tumor patients. Selective attention was assessed with covert-orienting, filtering, and visual-search tasks in 54 patients with either (1) posterior fossa (PF) tumors treated with cranial radiation and surgery (n = 22); (2) PF tumors treated with surgery alone (n =(More)
There is a growing awareness of the importance of the emotional well-being of children with cancer and their families. The psychosocial team within a pediatric oncology setting strives to develop programs that may ease the psychological burden of cancer treatment. The Beaded Journey program is one example. The primary goal of this study was to(More)
This single case study investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of a prophylactic intervention for improving academic skills in a child with a brain tumour deemed at high risk for cognitive delay and academic failure because of cranial radiation treatment (CRT). An 8 year old boy participated in a 12 week home and hospital based tutoring programme.(More)
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