Sickle Cell Disease in Infants, Children and Youth - OT54

Sickle Cell Disease in Infants, Children and Youth

Rehabilitation and Education

by Catherine Hoyt Drazen, OTD, OTR/L
(4.3 / 301 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic hematologic disorder in the U.S., affecting roughly 100,000 people. Approximately one out of 12 African-Americans carries the trait. Children and adolescents with SCD experience chronic pain and fatigue, are at increased risk of cerebrovascular accidents, and may suffer neurological damage that affects academic performance and general cognitive development. This disease and its complications affect the child’s and family’s ability to function at school, work and home. Healthcare professionals in clinical and educational settings will benefit from understanding the symptoms and related complications of SCD to better serve children, teens and families.


The purpose of this sickle cell disease continuing education module is to increase understanding of the clinical course and implications of SCD in infants, children and adolescents so occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists can improve the provision of therapeutic services to this underserved population. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the clinical presentation and etiology of SCD
  • Identify developmental, functional and psychosocial implications of SCD for infants, children, and teens
  • Describe ways in which therapeutic services can address the unique issues and needs of children and families who are dealing with SCD
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus:
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Domain of OT: Context and Environment
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/4/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/6/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/6/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Amie R - Surprise, AZ  ·  Sep 12, 2018
I learned about pain, side effects, temperature importance and faith for children with sickle cell.
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Paige M - Dallas, TX  ·  Jun 20, 2018
Very informative for a short course!
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Kaleena I - Leonardtown, MD  ·  Mar 17, 2018
It was informatie on the subject area
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Monica G - Corona, CA  ·  Mar 16, 2018
I found the information contained in the article to be interesting. I did find that the article was somewhat cumbersome and difficult to read at times.
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Roqui T - sun city, CA  ·  Mar 16, 2018
Although the information was interesting, the article was poorly written
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Price: $19.00
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