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Introduction to Pediatric Hand Therapy Part 1

presented by Mary Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT and Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT

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A therapist who treats pediatric patients may not be aware of the orthopedic aspects of care for a pediatric patient with hand or upper extremity injuries or conditions. An adult hand therapist may be aware of the pediatric conditions and developmental issues that can affect care of the pediatric hand patient. This course will introduce the things that are unique about the pediatric hand patient, the role of the pediatric hand therapist, and the common pediatric conditions seen by a pediatric hand therapist. Part 1 will also offer some strategies for successful evaluation and goal setting with pediatric hand patients.

Meet Your Instructors

Mary Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT

Mary "Peggy" Faussett is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She graduated with a master's in occupational therapy in 2001 from Chatham University. She became a certified hand therapist in 2012. Peggy currently works at Children's Hospital Colorado as the program coordinator for the pediatric hand therapy program. She enjoys treating children of all…

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Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT

Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT, is a pediatric hand therapist. She worked as an occupational therapist/hand therapist at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA from 1982 through 2017. During her 35 years, she gained expertise, with special skills in creative splinting/orthotic intervention, and developed the hand therapy program for the hospital. She is currently devoting…

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1. What Is Pediatric Hand Therapy?

This chapter will describe who is referring patients, where they may be referred, and who may treat a hand patient. It will describe how pediatric hand therapy is a blend of certified hand therapy and pediatric developmental therapy, and explain how to gain expertise, set up a hand therapy program, and why/when a referral to pediatric hand therapy is appropriate.

2. What Does a Pediatric Hand Therapy Patient Look Like?

This chapter will describe what is unique about the pediatric patient (varying ages of patients, different sizes and anatomy, changing developmental skills, structural differences, and increased susceptibility to injury).

3. Typical Diagnoses Seen in Pediatric Hand Therapy

This chapter will give a brief overview of typical pediatric diagnoses seen in a hand therapy department (pediatric upper extremity trauma, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, congenital anomalies, birth-related brachial plexus injuries, and hemiplegia). It will describe the common causes of injuries or symptoms of the condition and the issues that may arise due to the injury or condition.

4. Tips for Successful Evaluation in Pediatric Hand Therapy

This chapter will discuss the typical evaluation components, techniques, tools, and outcome measures utilized in pediatric hand therapy. It will also offer ideas and techniques for successful evaluation and goal setting with a pediatric hand patient.

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