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Pediatric Oncology: What You Need to Know

presented by Jessica Sparrow, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

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Financial— Jessica Sparrow receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Children with cancer may experience a number of functional limitations as a result of their diagnoses and treatments. Occupational therapists are uniquely suited to identify restrictions in occupational performance and provide interventions that promote participation in this population. The purpose of this lecture is to provide occupational therapists with the latest information about occupational therapy management of children and adolescents with cancer.

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Jessica Sparrow, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Jessica Sparrow has been an occupational therapist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for 10 years and has been in the lead therapist position there for 6 years. During this time, a focus of her clinical services has been devoted almost exclusively to children with functional deficits and related limitations in occupational performance due to…

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1. Childhood Cancers and Resulting Restrictions in Occupational Performance

This chapter provides a description of the common functional limitations that children with cancer may experience as a result of cancer diagnoses and treatments. The epidimology of childhood cancer will be discussed, as will the potential limitations in body structure, function, and participation that can result from a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

2. Occupational Therapy in Pediatric Oncology

This chapter provides a description of the current state of rehabilitation and occupational therapy services in oncology. Additionally, this chapter provides an introduction to the role of OT throughout the continuum of pediatric oncology care.

3. Clinical Competencies for OT in Pediatric Oncology

This chapter provides an overview of the basic precautions and specifics you need to know in order to safely provide occupational therapy services to children with a cancer diagnosis and receiving cancer-directed treatment. The learner will appreciate the importance of infection control and unique safety precautions in this population as well as demonstrate the ability to interpret clinically relevant lab values.

4. Getting Started

This chapter provides the learner with resources helpful in building an occupational therapy program in pediatric oncology. Topics addressed include review of web- and paper-based resources and logistic support, such as recommendations for obtaining OT referrals. This chapter will conclude with a look forward at the expanding role of occupational therapy in pediatric oncology.

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