Transdisciplinary Intensive Pediatric Therapy Across the Lifespan: Benefits of Customized Intensive Therapy for Children with Multiple Neurological Conditions
Friday, November 9
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Meeting Room 13/14/15 - Convention Center
Research has demonstrated that the intensive model of therapy yields better outcomes compared to traditional therapy for children and young adults with multiple neurological disabilities. The majority of existing intensive programs use protocol based therapy, whereas this presentation will explore the unique benefits of a customized, transdiciplinary approach to intensive therapy. This customized approach benefits children of various diagnoses including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, hemiplegia, and other neuromuscular conditions. This approach has also shown benefits with pre-habilitation for kids with the aforementioned conditions, as well as positive outcomes for rehabilitation following orthopedic intervention. Children with multiple neurological disabilities have a variety of rehabilitation needs including motor, self-care, feeding, and communication needs. When developing a treatment plan for children with complex medical profiles, it is imperative to take a transdisciplinary approach to yield optimal results. Research across multiple therapeutic disciplines demonstrates that the transdisciplinary approach is best practice, as the specialized skills of multiple practitioners are required to yield optimal therapeutic outcomes for this population. Our presentation will explore specific methods of assessment and intervention under the transdisciplinary care model, including co-evaluation, development of shared treatment goals, parent collaboration and education, and a comprehensive video home exercise program.
- Describe the difference between traditional therapy and an intensive model of therapy, including at least 3 unique characteristics of intensive therapy related to frequency, treatment techniques, and practitioner roles.
- Identify current evidence supporting why transdisciplinary approach to facilitating a customized intensive model of therapy is necessary to address the comprehensive needs of children with complex medical profiles.
- Analyze the multiple needs of a client with a complex medical profile, and identify goal areas that can be addressed during intensive therapy including motor, self-care, feeding, and communication goals.
- Demonstrate understanding of specific methods of developing measurable goals, facilitating functional outcomes, and creating a comprehensive home program in collaboration with families, to promote caregiver empowerment and carryover upon discharge.